Baseball ACCtion: Monday, March 15

March 15, 2010

Offensive outburst leads Tech to 22-10 win over Columbia

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Shortstop Tim Smalling hit for the cycle and Virginia Tech registered season highs for runs and hits to win a 22-10 slugfest against Columbia on Monday night at English Field. The win improved Tech’s record to 12-4, while the Lions slipped to 2-5.

The game, which was tied at 10-all after five innings, featured 42 combined hits, including seven home runs, and lasted just under four hours (3:52). In all, 23 players from the two teams contributed at least one hit during the evening and 18 scored at least one run.

The Hokies collected 26 hits, including five homers, a triple and six doubles. Smalling led the way with a 5-for-5 night that included two singles, a double, a triple and a home run. He also scored five runs and drove in three. Tech right fielder Austin Wates was 4-for-4 with four runs batted in and five runs scored, while left fielder Steve Domecus collected four hits, three runs scored and two RBIs. Second baseman Michael Seaborn drove in five runs.

Domecus’ sixth home run of the season got Tech off and running. The senior outfielder drove the first offering from Columbia starting pitcher Stefan Olson high over the left field fence to open the bottom of the first inning. A double by Wates, followed by single off the bat of Smalling, gave the Hokies runners on the corners with one out in the inning. Third baseman Ronnie Shaban drove Wates home with a ground out to second, and Smalling raced home on Olson’s second wild pitch of the frame for a 3-0 Tech lead.

Cox and Forthun had two hits and three runs batted in apiece for Columbia, which finished with 16 hits.