Apprentice School fell into the losers' bracket of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series with a 6-0 defeat Wednesday to Cincinnati-Clermont.
Ryan Beard pitched a six-hit shutout for the Cougars, who are on a 20-game winning streak.
The Builders (34-9), who are 2-1 at the event in Butler, Pa., must win three consecutive games to capture the championship.
They will play at 11 a.m. Thursday against
Mike Gastrich smashed a solo home run to left field for UC Clermont's first run. Trevor Cunningham and John Cloyd followed with RBI singles to push the lead to 3-0.
An unearned run in the fourth gave Clermont a 4-0 lead before Cloyd and Jake Scarloto had RBI singles in the sixth.
Beard struck out five and walked one. Trevin Wilson topped the Builders with a 2-for-4 performance.
Alex Perez drove in a career-high four runs as No. 22
The host Hokies, in strong contention for an
Junior Joey Cujas had two hits and three RBI to help
The Dukes (40-13) set a school record with 18 hits, reached the 40-victory mark for the first time and advanced to Thursday's game at top-seeded
Delaware (35-21) faces Towson at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in an elimination game.
Virginia Tech freshman Amerigo Contini moved into the 64-man
A spot was opened when No. 5 seed KU Singh of Georgia quit the team, citing differences with the coaching staff.