June 6, 2010
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Wates, Sosnoskie lead
Hokies past Bulldogs
By Phil Stanton
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Just enough offense, just enough pitching.
Austin Wates and Buddy Sosnoskie both drove in
two, and three pitchers combined to hold the Bulldogs to three
runs as second-seeded Virginia Tech nipped third-seeded The
Citadel 4-3 Sunday afternoon in an elimination game in the
Columbia Regional in front of 4,224 fans at Carolina Stadium.
The Hokies (40-21) will face top-seeded South
Carolina Sunday evening at 7 p.m. Tech will have to defeat the
Gamecocks twice to win the regional.
“Good team effort,” said Hokie head coach Pete
Hughes. “The Citadel never goes away. It was a grinder of a
game. We have to get ready to try to win a regional now.”
Tech got on the board in the top of the first as
Michael Seaborn drew a one-out walk and Wates brought him in
with a two-out triple to right center.
Sosnoskie went deep in the
second for Tech. He homered in three straight at-bats and gave
the Hokies a 2-0 lead.
Sean Ryan singled and scored on a groundout by
Wates to give Tech a 3-0 advantage.
Hokie starter Jesse Hahn
was forced to leave while warming up for the bottom of the
fourth. He allowed two hits in three scoreless innings with no
walks and two strikeouts. Hahn threw 35 pitches.
The Bulldogs (43-22) finally got on the board in
the fourth against reliever Joe Mantiply as Bryan Altman had a
leadoff double and scored on a base hit by Justin Mackert. Grant
Richards had a single to plate Mackert later in the frame as The
Citadel pulled to within one at 3-2.
Tech tallied an insurance run in the top of the
sixth as Wates had a leadoff double and scored on a groundout by
Sosnoskie to give the Hokies a 4-2 advantage.
Simonelli had a RBI single
with two outs in the seventh as the Bulldogs pulled to within
one, but The Citadel stranded two in the seventh and one in both
the eighth and ninth to fall one run short.
Mantiply (4-1) went 3.2
innings with four hits, two earned runs, one walk and four
strikeouts to earn the victory. Ben Rowen allowed two hits in
the final 2.1 scoreless innings with no walks and two strikeouts
to record his sixth save.
Bulldog freshman starter Michael Clevinger (5-3)
went a season-long 7.2 innings with nine hits, four earned runs,
one walk and four strikeouts.
Wates and Ryan finished
with two hits for Tech.
Simonelli had two hits for
The Hokies have won two NCAA Tournament games for
the first time since 1954.