April 12, 2015
Tech falls in final game at Miami, 9-1
Brendon Hayden scores the lone Hokie run in the seventh
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Eleventh-ranked Miami used a strong pitching performance from Enrique Sosa to complete a three-game ACC sweep of the Virginia Tech baseball team at Mark Light Field Sunday afternoon as the Hurricanes posted the 9-1 victory.

Sosa tossed a career-high seven innings and struck out six, while allowing just three hits and surrendering his only run in the seventh inning on a mental error by Miami third baseman Johnny Ruiz.

With runners on second and third with two outs, Kyle Wernicki grounded sharply to Ruiz, who snagged the ball and rather than throw across the diamond for the out, figured he’d just step on third for the final out of the frame. The problem, there was no force at third and Brendon Hayden scored Tech’s lone run of the contest.

Miami (28-9, 14-4 ACC) gave Sosa all the run support he needed in the second inning as the Hurricanes pushed three runs across the plate. Leading by four in the fifth, David Thompson hit a three-run home run to center to increase the Miami advantage to 7-0.

Through six innings, the Hokies had just two base runners. Hayden reached second on a throwing error by Hurricane second baseman George Iskenderian and Sam Fragale hit a one-out single in the third. From that point until Alex Perez led off the seventh with a single, Sosa retired 12 straight.

Perez’ single extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 straight games, but he was erased on the base path by a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Sean Keselica doubled to right field to set up the Hokies scoring opportunity.

In the ninth, Erik Payne had one last chance to extend his career-long reached base streak to 36 straight games, which would tie for the fourth longest such streak for a Tech player over the last decade (Mark Zagunis, 2012). On a full count, Payne fouled off one pitch before fouling out to first.

Sosa improved to 5-3 with the win on the mound, while Tech starter Aaron McGarity was saddled with the loss and is now 3-4.

Tech (17-20, 7-11 ACC) will stay on the road for its next game, traveling to Johnson City, Tennessee, Wednesday to take on ETSU with a 6 p.m. first pitch before returning home to host North Carolina in its ACC series next weekend.

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