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Hokies Use Six-Run Fourth To Down Spartans, 12-3

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Sophomore Blake Green posted his second straight two-hit game for the Spartans on Sunday.

Sophomore Blake Green posted his second straight two-hit game for the Spartans on Sunday.

Feb. 22, 2009

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A six-run fourth inning was more than enough for Virginia Tech to spoil the second straight two-hit game from sophomore Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern), as the ACC team beat the USC Upstate baseball team, 12-3, on Sunday afternoon at Harley Park to close out the Courtyard by Marriott Baseball Classic. Both Virginia Tech and George Mason finished the classic with perfect 4-0 records. Upstate completed the weekend 1-2.

Green, who had three hits and scored four times on Saturday in a 15-5 win over SIU Edwardsville, went 2-for-4 with a run and a walk against the Hokies. He earned Courtyard by Marriott All-Classic honors, as he finished the weekend with a .455 average, six runs, five hits and four RBIs.

Virginia Tech got on the board in the first inning, using two singles, a hit batter and a sac fly. Upstate fought back thanks to loading the bases with no outs, as sophomore Blake Green (Northwestern, S.C./Rock Hill) led off with a walk, senior Kyle Simpson (Lyman, S.C./Byrnes) followed with a single and junior Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) added a walk before a sac fly brought Green in. However, the rally ended there, as the Hokies got a strikeout and a grounder to end the threat.

In the third, doubles by Michael Seaborn and Ty Hohman and two Upstate errors helped the Hokies score two runs and take a 3-1 lead. The Hokies got back to work in the fourth, using two-RBI doubles from Seaborn and Hohman to score six runs and take a 9-1 lead.

Upstate cut the lead to 9-2 as junior Brian Dempsey (Montverde, Fla./East Ridge) walked to lead off and senior Tommy Shovlin (Merritt Island, Fla./Daytona Beach C.C.) hit a wind-blown triple to the right-field line, scoring Dempsey.

The Spartans kept the lead at 9-2 as the Hokies threatened in the fourth, as a perfect cutoff from Dempsey to second baseman Green, who fired home where Tanner made a brilliant block of the plate to keep it a seven-run game. However, the Hokies got three more runs with two outs in the seventh to make it 12-2.

Upstate got its final run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Simpson walked to lead off and Green singled through the left side. A fielder's choice moved Simpson to third and he scored on a groundout.

Shovlin went 2-for-2 with a triple and a RBI for the Spartans. Sean Ryan led the Hokies, going 4-for-5 with three runs and Classic MVP Anthony Sosnoskie added a 3-for-4 game with a run and a RBI to pace the team.

Matthew Price (1-0) earned the win in his collegiate debut for the Hokies, tossing six innings, allowing four hits, four walks and two runs. He struck out seven. Freshman Austin Moyer (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) (0-1) took the loss for Upstate, allowing nine hits and five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out two.

In other action at Harley Park on Saturday, George Mason completed a perfect 4-0 weekend with a 7-6 come-from-behind win over SIU Edwardsville in the morning session. At Wofford College, the Terriers downed UNC Asheville, 13-4, to finish the Classic with a 2-2 record.

Upstate gets back into action on Tuesday, as the Spartans travel to Gardner-Webb for a 2 p.m. non-conference contest.

Notes
Jim Maciejewski threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game with SIU Edwardsville. Maciejewski, who earned two letters with the Spartans in 2003-04, helped the Spartans to its first winning season in 12 years in 1991, as he started 24 games and scored 12 runs.

Coutyard by Marriott All-Classic Team
Catlin Carter, UNC Asheville
Blake Green, USC Upstate
Mike Hurt, SIU Edwardsville
Alex Lee, Wofford
Kyle Behrendt, Wofford
Ryan Soares, George Mason
Kevin Crum, George Mason
Steve Domecus, Virginia Tech
Austin Wates, Virginia Tech
Tournament MVP:
Anthony Sosnoskie, Virginia Tech

 
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