June 5, 2010
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By Phil Stanton
COLUMBIA, S.C. – After an opening-game loss and a
pair of weather delays, the Hokies get to stick around at least
one more day.
Second-seeded Virginia Tech posted 16 hits and 16
runs in outscoring fourth-seeded Bucknell 16-7 Saturday
afternoon in an elimination game in the Columbia Regional in
front of 4,302 fans at Carolina Stadium.
The Hokies (39-21) will meet the loser of the
South Carolina-The Citadel game on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tech needs
three more wins to capture the Columbia Regional.
Bucknell finished its season with a 25-35 mark.
After getting just two runs against The Citadel
on Friday, the Hokies put up five in the top of the first. Sean
Ryan had a leadoff single and was sacrificed to second. After a
walk to Steve Domecus, Austin Wates reached on an error to load
the bases. Ronnie Shaban had a two-run single to start the
scoring. Wates came in on a passed ball, while Buddy Sosnoskie
added a RBI single and Andrew Rash contributed a sacrifice fly
to give Tech a 5-0 cushion.
Michael Seaborn drew a two-out walk in the top of
the second when the game was suspended due to lightning.
After a delay of one hour and 44 minutes, Shaban
had a two-run double and Smalling knocked in two with a base hit
as the Hokies built a 9-0 lead.
Hokie starter Mathew Price
did not take the mound after the delay. He threw 17 pitches in
his one scoreless inning of work with one hit and one walk.
Price could be available to pitch on Sunday or Monday for Tech.
RBI doubles by Wates in the fourth and Sean Ryan
in the fifth pushed the lead to 11-0.
Bucknell put a rally together in the bottom of
the fifth. B.J. LaRosa had a two-run homer to cap a four-run
spurt as the Bison cut the margin to 11-4.
The game experienced a second weather delay after
five innings, lasting 37 minutes.
Sosnoskie had the big bat
after the second delay for the Hokies, with a two-run homer in
the seventh and a three-run blast in the eighth.
Sosnoskie finished with
three hits and six RBI. Shaban went 3 for 5 with three runs and
Bob Donato went 3 for 3 with one run for
Bucknell. Doug Shribman also homered for the Bison.
Manny Martir (4-3) worked four innings in relief
to earn the win. He allowed four hits and four runs (three
earned) with one walk and three strikeouts. Jake Joyce and
Brandon Fisher both tossed two innings for Tech.
Trey Frahler (4-7) was the starter and loser for
the Bison, pitching before and after the first delay. In 1.2
innings, he allowed six hits and nine runs (seven earned) with
three walks and no strikeouts.