The Hokies, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 24-12 overall and 9-10 in the ACC. Virginia Tech also upped its overall winning streak to eight games and ACC winning streak to six games, both the longest active streaks in the conference. The Tigers fell to 25-14 overall and 11-9 in ACC play.
Wright (4-1) allowed just six hits, two runs (one earned), and two
walks with five strikeouts in 8.0 innings pitched to earn the
victory. The 5'9", 169-pounder from Chesterfield, VA also retired
the first 12 batters of the game and threw 119 pitches in all. Tiger
starter Justin Sarratt (3-2) suffered the loss, as he yielded five
runs on six hits in 2.0 innings pitched.
Virginia Tech wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the
first inning. Klint Reed led off with a double to right-center and
Steve Bumbry followed with a two-run homer to center, his ninth long
ball of the season.
The Hokies added three runs in the third inning. Ty Hohman led off
with a double to left-center. Reed and Bumbry followed with walks to
load the bases, then Anthony Sosnoskie lined a single to center to
score Hohman. Ryan Hinson entered the game on the mound and induced
a 1-2-3 double play on a check swing by Steve Domecus. But Austin
Wates came through with a two-out single to right to score Bumbry and
Sosnoskie, giving the Hokies a 5-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Bumbry led off with a hit-by-pitch. Sosnoskie
then swung away on a 3-0 pitch and hit a chopper at third-baseman
Jason Stolz. However, Stolz lost the ball in the sun and Bumbry
advanced to third on the single, while Sosnoskie hustled into second
base when the throw went to third. Domecus followed with a sacrifice
fly to right-center that plated Bumbry. Wates' single through the
left side advanced Sosnoskie to third, but the Tigers avoided further
damage by retiring Wates at second when he tried to advance on a
pitch in the dirt and by getting Mike Kaminski to foul out.
In the seventh inning, Addison Johnson led off with a walk and Jeff
Schaus followed with an infield single. But the next three Tigers
were retired to keep the Hokies up 6-0.
Clemson finally dented the scoreboard in the top of the eighth inning
when John Nester lined a solo homer to left field, his fourth long
ball of the season. Stolz followed with an infield single and went
to third on Mike Freeman's double to left-center. But the Tigers
were unable to cut any further into Virginia Tech's lead, as
pinch-hitter Richard Mounced lined out to first and Schaus grounded
out to end the frame.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Hohman led off with a walk and
advanced to second on Reed's groundout. Two batters later, Sosnoskie
drew a two-out walk and Domecus followed with a double down the
left-field line to score Hohman.
In the ninth inning, Ben Paulsen led off with a single to
right-center but was erased two batters later on Wilson Boyd's
fielder's choice. Brad Miller reached on a two-out error and Nester
followed with an infield single that scored Boyd from
second. Pinch-hitter Chris Epps then doubled off the top of the wall
in left to score Miller and advance Nester to third. But with the
potential tying run on deck, Freeman grounded out to end the game.
The Hokies, who tallied 13 hits, were led at the plate by Sosnoskie
and Domecus, who both went 3-for-4. Hohman, the #9 batter in the
lineup, went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs, and two of the
Hokies' eight walks in the game.
Nester went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs, and a walk, while Paulsen
added two hits for the Tigers, who had eight hits in the
game. Clemson also turned a season-high four double plays on defense.
Clemson and Virginia Tech will play the series-finale of the
three-game series on Sunday at 11:00 AM. The game was previously
scheduled to start at 1:00 PM, but due to the threat of inclement
weather, the start time was moved up two hours.
Hokies take game two
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