April 30, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Justin Wright struck out nine batters through 6.1 innings to lead No. 18 Virginia Tech to a 9-4 win against the Boston College baseball team Friday night at English Field.
Wright scattered five hits in his outing for the Hokies (30-14, 12-10 ACC) and also hit four batters. Sean Ray went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run. Ronnie Shaban was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs while Matt Blow hit a homer and drove in three. Austin Wates hit a two-run triple and had three RBI.
Sophomore Mike Dennhardt tossed 5.2 innings and allowed five runs - three earned - in a losing effort for the Eagles (24-18, 12-10). He gave up eight hits and struck out four while walking two. Senior Mike Sudol hit a pinch hit three-run homer in the ninth inning and junior Matt Hamlet hit an RBI double. Sophomore Andrew Lawrence also had a double.
Virginia Tech struck early with a run in the bottom of the first. Buddy Sosnoskie and Steve Domecus hit consecutive singles with one out to put runners on the corners and then Wates brought Sosnoskie home with a sac fly to center.
BC got on the board with a run in the top of the third to tie the game. Junior Garret Smith singled to left with one out and then stole second on a strikeout to get himself into scoring position. Hamlet went with a 1-2 pitch and dropped a double inside the line in right to bring Smith home to tie it up.
Boston College had a chance to go ahead in the top of the fourth as it had a pair in scoring position with one out but Wright struck out the next two batters to keep the game tied.
Matt Blow gave Virginia Tech the lead back in the fourth when he hit a two-run homer to center to make it 3-1.
Virginia Tech posted two more runs - both unearned - in the sixth to increase its lead to four runs. The Hokies loaded the bases with nobody out and Blow brought in a run with a sac fly to the warning track in left-center. Brent Zimmerman followed suit with sacrifice fly of his own to extend the lead to 5-1.
The Eagles loaded the bases with one out in the seventh but came up empty. Lawrence led off and doubled to the gap in right and then classmate Brad Zapenas bunted himself on to put runners on the corners. After a shallow fly out, senior Robbie Anston was hit in the back with a fastball to load the bases, but a 4-3 double play on a soft liner ended the threat.
Virginia Tech put the game out of reach with four more runs in the bottom of the eighth to push the lead to 9-1. Zimmerman was hit by a pitch with one out and Ryan brought him all the way around to score with a double down the line in left. Domecus wore a pitch to put a pair on base and then Wates hit the gap in right for a two-run triple. Shaban then hit an RBI single for the ninth run.
Sophomore Anthony Melchionda was hit by a pitch to leadoff the top of the ninth and then an error by the shortstop put runners on the corners. Sudol came on to pinch hit and sent a 1-1 pitch well over the fence in center for a three-run shot.
Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 2 p.m.