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Feb. 22, 2009
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.
Coutyard by Marriott All-Classic Team