No. 16 Virginia Tech Hokies (38-20, 16-14) vs. The Citadel Bulldogs (42-20, 24-6)
NCAA Baseball Tournament
Columbia Regional - Game 1
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Date: Friday, June 4, 2010
Place: Carolina Stadium (9,000), Columbia, S.C.
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VT: LH Justin Wright (8-4, 3.59)
CID: LH Matt Talley (7-3, 3.79)
The Hokies play their first NCAA baseball tournament game since 2000 Friday against The Citadel in Columbia, S.C. Tech is coming off a 2-1 performance at the ACC tournament and was rewarded with a No. 2 seed. Its opponent in the first round won both the regular season and tournament championships in the Southern Conference.
Starting Pitchers: Wright is 2-2, 3.77 in seven starts and Talley is 0-2, 5.70 in four starts against NCAA tournament teams ... eight of Wright's last 10 starts have been quality starts ... Talley has had quality starts in six of his last seven ... opponents are hitting .226 against Wright and .249 against Talley ... both pitched well in their conference tournaments ... Wright pitched a complete game and struck out 15 in Virginia Tech's win over Clemson in its first game of the ACC tournament ... Talley gave up three runs over 8.2 innings in his start against Elon in the Southern Conference tournament ... Wright, a lefty, will be charged with slowing down one of the best run games in NCAA baseball ... The Citadel has stolen 127 bases this season, ninth in the nation ... opponents were successful on seven of 13 stolen base attempts against Wright this season.
Trends: The Citadel currently has the nation's longest winning streak at 12 games ... the Hokies have lost five of their last seven games ... the Bulldogs have had 10 or more hits in seven of their last eight games ... the Hokies have committed 18 errors in their last six games, leading to 12 unearned runs ... in his last three games, Virginia Tech's Austin Wates is 5-11 (.455) with three RBIs ... he was 0-12 in his previous four games .... The Citadel's William Ladd went 6-14 (.429) in the SoCon tournament.
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