Baseball Bucs stumble against Virginia Tech, 13-6
Dylan Pratt
Dylan Pratt

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 19, 2011) - The ETSU baseball team dropped its fourth straight game Tuesday night as the Bucs fell to Virginia Tech 13-6 in a non-conference contest at Cardinal Park.
 
The Hokies (20-19, 4-14 ACC) outhit the Buccaneers (22-13, 11-8 A-Sun) 20-13 on the night posting 12 extra base hits. Chris Kay led the way for Virginia Tech going 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and scored four runs.
 
Junior Dak Rissman (West Palm Beach, Fla.) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up three runs on four hits in 1.0 of relief. Patrick Scoggin improved to 4-1 for the Hokies after throwing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief only allowing two hits with three strikeouts.
 
Both catcher Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) and designated hitter Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) had three hits in the contest for ETSU.
 
Ronnie Shaban gave the Hokies a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on his double down the right field line.
 
In the top of the second, Virginia Tech added to its advantage on a Johnny Morales RBI double to center to make the score 2-0.
 
The Bucs exploded for four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead. After Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) came around to score on a Hokie error, ETSU plated runs on RBI singles by Pratt and Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) and a RBI double by Trent.
 
Virginia Tech trumped the Buccaneers in the top of the fourth as the Hokies regained the lead 7-4 scoring five runs on six hits including a two-run single by right fielder Jake Atwell.
 
Tony Balisteri put the Hokies in front 8-4 in the seventh after his triple to right center scored Andrew Rash from second.
 
The Hokies plated a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly to right by Atwell to make the score 9-4.
 
In the top of the ninth, Virginia Tech put the game out of reach as the Hokies plated four runs on six hits to take a 13-4 edge.
 
The Bucs plated two runs in the bottom half of the frame on a Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) double, but it would not be enough as the final was 13-6.
 
ETSU returns to action on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. as the Bucs open a conference series against Kennesaw State at Cardinal Park. For more information on Buccaneer baseball or any other athletic news, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
 
Virginia Tech 13, ETSU 6 (April 19, 2011 at Johnson City, Tenn.)
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VT…..............   110 500 114            -       13  20   0      (20-19, 4-14 ACC)
ETSU............   004 000 002             -       6      13   1      (22-13, 11-8 A-Sun)
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Win - Patrick Scoggin (4-1) Loss - Dak Rissman (4-1)
HR - VT - Andrew Rash (14)

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