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A 14-run inning propels Virginia Tech to a 24-4 win over Columbia

(AP) — BLACKSBURG, Va. Tanner Schobel had three hits, three runs scored.

Three runs driven in as No. 4 overall seed Virginia Tech cruised to a 24-4 win over Columbia on Saturday night, advancing to the Blacksburg Regional final game.

The Hokies (43-12) were down 2-1 when they sent 17 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring 14 runs on 10 hits, four walks, and a hit batter. Since joining the ACC.

That is the most runs scored in an inning; the school's all-time record is 17, set in 1989.

With a three-run double, Schobel got the game began. Nic a Biddison followed with an inside.

The-park home run after Carson DeMartini's bases-loaded double. Cade Hunter's two-run double brought the onslaught to a close.

Columbia (31-17) plays Gonzaga in a loser-out game early Sunday, with the victor having a chance to play Virginia Tech later in the day.

A second win over the Hokies on Monday would be required to advance to the Super Regional.

Five other Hokies drove in two runs, including Biddison, Jack Hurley, and DeMartini. Three runs were scored by Biddison and Gavin Cross, who both homered.

Virginia Tech had eight extra-base hits in the contest, including Gehrig Ebel's first career home run. The Hokies also drew 15 walks from seven different Columbia pitchers and had four hit batters.

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