October 20, 2009
Camo takes 2-0 lead in Hokie Fall World Series
Blow and Wates combine for five RBIs

BLACKSBURG, Va. Austin Wates and Matt Blow went a combined 5-for-7 with five RBIs to lead Team Camo to a 5-3 win over Team Throwback in game two of the Hokie Fall World Series at English Field on Tuesday evening.

With the victory, Team Camo owns a 2-0 lead in the three-game, intrasquad series, but Team Throwback can claim the series if it defeats Team Camo by more than three runs (the combined deficit of the two losses) in game three on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m., and the game, like the first two, is scheduled for seven innings.

Wates produced the game’s first run in the top of the first when he singled home Sean Ryan, and Blow responded soon after by singling home Wates to give the Camos a quick, 2-0 lead.

The Throwbacks countered in the bottom of the second, as Tony Balisteri sent a two-run shot over the wall to score Anthony Sosnoskie and knot the contest at 2.

Both starting pitchers – freshmen Patrick Scoggin and Joe Mantiply – then settled in until the top of the fifth, when Wates and Blow teamed up again with a pair of RBI singles to chase Scoggin from the game and give the Camos a 4-2 advantage.

Buddy Sosnoskie’s single for Team Throwback in the bottom of the sixth scored Balisteri to make it a one-run game, but Blow plated Wates on a double in the top of the seventh to make it 5-3. Brandon Fisher pitched a perfect bottom half to register the save, his second in the series.

Mantiply earned the win after tossing a solid five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Scoggin fanned four for the Throwbacks, but walked three and gave up six hits to take the loss.

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