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Hokies Use Five-Run Third to Down Flames

March 24, 2010  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Nathan Thompson had a pair of hits for the Flames, Wednesday at Virginia Tech.

Nathan Thompson had a pair of hits for the Flames, Wednesday at Virginia Tech.

A five-run third inning by Virginia Tech keyed a 10-0 Hokies victory over the Liberty Flames, Wednesday night at English Field.

Liberty falls to 13-6 on the season, while Virginia Tech moves to 14-8. The contest was the lone meeting between the Flames and Hokies this season.

After Liberty came up empty with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the second inning, Virginia Tech plated the first runs of the contest in the bottom the third. Second baseman Michael Seaborn led off the frame with a single and promptly scored the first run of the game, when right fielder Mike Kaminski followed with a double off the right-center field wall.

Three batters later, left fielder Buddy Sosnoskie dropped a single into right field with runners at the corners and one out to bring home the second run of the frame. First baseman Austin Wates followed with a RBI ground out to give the host Hokies a 3-0 lead. Third baseman Ronnie Shaban then doubled down the right field line, scoring two more runs for a 5-0 advantage.

In the top of the fourth, the Flames responded by loading the bases with one out. However, Virginia Tech starter Manny Martir was able to end the threat with a double play grounder to keep Liberty off the scoreboard.

The Hokies added to their advantage in the sixth. After the first two batters of the inning reached, Seaborn dropped a single into right field to plate a run, upping the host's lead to 6-0.

Sosnoskie hit a three-run home run and pinch hitter Chris Kay had a RBI double in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 10-0.

Liberty starter Dustin Umberger takes the loss to fall to 0-1. The right-hander allowed five runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked two. The Flames used six pitchers in the contest.

Virginia Tech starter Martir picks up the win to even his record to 1-1 on the year. The right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings. He allowed four hits, walking five and striking out four.

Catcher Nathan Thompson had two hits in the game for the Flames. Sosnoskie had three hits and drove in four runs to lead the Hokies.

Liberty will travel to Asheville, N.C., this weekend to open Big South Conference play with a three-game series against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m.