BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Gavin Cross went 5-for-6 with a double, a home run and five RBIs and top-seeded Virginia Tech beat No. 4 seed Wright State 15-9 Friday night at the Blacksburg Regional.
Virginia Tech plays No. 3 seed Columbia in the semifinals after Wright State plays second-seeded Gonzaga in a loser-out game Saturday.
Nick Biddison was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first and Cross followed with a home run to right field to make it 2-0 and the Hokies (42-12) never trailed. Cross added and RBI single in the second and then swiped second and Biddison scored from third on a double-steal and Cade Hunter hit a solo homer in the third to make it 5-0.
Wright State’s Sammy Sass and Jay Luikart had back-to-back RBI singles in the top of the fourth Alec Sayre had a two-RBI double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Sass in the fifth to tie it at 5-all but Virginia Tech answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-5 lead.
Biddison finished 5-for-5 with an RBI, three steals and four runs scored. Carson Jones and Carson DeMartini combined for four hits, including three doubles, four RBIs and four runs for Virginia Tech.
Zane Harris went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Julian Greenwell had two doubles and two RBIs for Wright State (30-26). Sayre and Sass each added two RBIs.
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