Flames Home > Baseball Home > News

Hokies Down Flames

May 3, 2006
|  Blacksburg, Va.
|   RSS
|   Share

Hokies Down Flames
Jose Cueto and Matt Foley each hit home runs to back senior right-hander Nicky Bowers, who handcuffed the Flames over seven innings, as the Virginia Tech Hokies defeated Liberty, 8-3, Tuesday night at English Field.
 
With the non-conference setback, Liberty falls to 33-14 on the season, while Virginia Tech moves to 19-27 on the year.  The Hokies have won 10 straight games against non-Atlantic Coast Conference teams.
 
Virginia Tech took an early lead in the home half of the first inning.  Center fielder Nate Parks walked to open the inning and stole second base.  With two outs, first baseman Sean O'Brien then singled past a diving second baseman to score Parks for a 1-0 advantage.
 
The two teams swapped two-run innings in the second. Liberty came right back in the top of the second.  Aaron Grijalva (r-So., 1B, Redlands, Calif.) lead off the frame with a double to the wall in center field.  After an out, Phil John (Jr., RF, Linwood, N.J.) drew a base on balls and Grijalva swiped third base.  Derek Bennion (r-Jr., CF, Snohomish, Wash.) followed with a double off the wall in center to clear the bases and tie the game at 2-2.  In the bottom of the inning, Cueto hit a two-run home run to left, his sixth of the season, to put the Hokies back in front, 3-2.
 
The Flames knotted the game at 3-3 in the top of the third, striking for a run on back-to-back doubles.  With two out, Phillip Laurent (Sr., LF, Cantrall, Ill.) doubled to the right center field gap and scored as Grijalva doubled off the top of the right field wall.
 
In the bottom of the inning, the Hokies loaded the bases with no one out and took a 5-3 lead on sacrifice flies by Matt Hacker and Luke Padgett.  Cueto followed with a RBI single for a 6-3 advantage.
 
Both teams were held off the score board until the bottom of the seventh when Virginia Tech catcher Foley hit a solo home run, his first of the season, to extend the Hokies' lead to 7-3.
 
Liberty starter Michael Solbach (r-So., RHP, Woodbridge, Va.) took the loss for the Flames to fall to 7-4 on the season. The right-hander allowed six runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking two in 2 2/3 innings.  Tyler Light (Fr., RHP, San Bernardino, Calif.) followed with 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Tim John (Jr., RHP, Linwood, N.J.), the last Flames' pitcher of the game, allowed   runs on  hits in two innings of work.
 
Virginia Tech starter Bowers picked up the win to run his record to 3-5 on the season.  The senior right-hander allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out nine and walking three over seven innings.  

Grijalva went 2-for-3 with two doubles for the Flames.
 
Liberty hosts the Tribe of William and Mary on Saturday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.  First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.