Hokies down Marist, and other goodies

Because why the hell not? - Mark Dadswell

This was a good, good weekend for the Tech baseball. The Hokies picked up a mid-week win over High Point on Wednsday and a pair of wins over Marist on Saturday and Sunday. Also, by virtue of Duke's series loss to Virginia, the Hokies clinched a spot in the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2010, no matter what comes of their series with Wake Forest this weekend. The Hokies have now won 8 of their last 10 and are ranked 13th in RPI. Tech is 22nd in the nation in various polls and a three game sweep over Wake Forest could put them in a nice spot for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, regardless of the ACC Tournament play.


GAME 1 :: No. 22 Virginia Tech 11, High Point 4 (Wednesday)

No. 22 Virginia Tech vs. Team (24-24)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
HIGH POINT 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 12 2
VIRGINIA TECH 2 0 3 0 0 3 3 0 x 11 18 1

Tyler Horan's (LF) double brought home Sean Keselica (1B/RF) in the first inning to put the Hokies on the board first. Chad Pinder (SS) then crossed on a throwing error, putting Tech up 2-0. High Point got on the board in the top of the second, but Tech added three in the third inning, highlighted by Brenden Hayden's (P/DH) two-run single.

High Point's Mike Miedzianowski (awesome name) drove in High Point's second run of the day. Tech then tacked on three in the sixth inning by way of Alex Perez's (2B) two-run double and Keselica's sac fly. Chad Morgan (c) singled to score Zagunis in the seventh and Perez drove in two more runs with a single.

High Point tacked on two in the eighth inning, but Tech's lead was too much to overcome.

Hayden started the game for Tech, pitching four innings and giving up four hits. Eddie Campbell picked up the win with three innings of two-hit relief work. Ryan Retz gave up eight runs on 12 hits over five innings in the loss.

WP: Eddie Campbell (2-3) -- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
LP: Ryan Retz (4-4) -- 5 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Top Tech performers:
Alex Perez --
3 for 5, 4 RBI, 2B
Sean Keselica -- 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI
Mark Zagunis -- 3 for 5, 2 R, RBI, 2B

GAME 2 :: No. 22 Virginia Tech 7, Marist 6 (Saturday)

No. 22 Virginia Tech vs. Marist (25-19-1)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
MARIST 0 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 6 16 1
VIRGINIA TECH 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 x 7 14 3

Tyler Horan had a very strong weekend against Marist. The junior outfielder belted four home runs, tallied eight RBIs and was 6 of 8 on the weekend. He started out strongly in the first inning, hammering a two-run shot that scored Pinder. Marist got a run back in the second inning, but Perez tripled to score Ryan Burn. Horan hit his second home run of the game in the third inning to put Tech up 4-0.

Marist pulled ahead with five runs spanning the fourth and fifth innings, but Horan doubled to tie the game at 5 in the fifth. The Red Foxes pulled ahead on an RBI-single by Steve Laurino in the sixth inning, but Pinder tripled to score Perez and Logan Bible. Clark Labitan allowed a walk and a single to give Marist runners on 1st and 2nd, but he induced a double play groundout to end the game.

Devin Burke picked up the win despite four runs allowed on nine hits over four innings. Joe Mantiply started for Tech, giving up one run on three hits and one walk.

WP: Devin Burke (9-3) -- 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
LP: Kevin McCarthy (4-3) -- 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
S: Clark Labitan (8) -- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Top Tech Performers:
Tyler Horan --
4 for 4, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, 1 BB
Ryan Burns -- 3 for 4, 1 R
Chad Pinder -- 2 for 5, 1 R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

GAME 3 :: No. 22 Virginia Tech 7, Marist 6 (10 inn.) (Sunday)

Virginia Tech vs. Marist
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
MARIST 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 6 16 1
VIRGINIA TECH 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 7 9 0

This is not a copy and paste scoreline...I mean, it sort of is. But this time it's in extra innings.

Sean Keselica and Mark Zagunis hit a solo home run each to put the Hokies up 2-0 at the end of the first inning. Horan hit his third home run of the weekend, a two-run shot, in the third inning.

Marist got a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, but Horan belted another two-run home run in the fifth inning to give Tech a 6-2. Marist tied the game after scoring two in the eighth and two more in the ninth inning. Morgan tripled to give Tech a runner in scoring place with one out, but the Hokies couldn't bring him home and extra innings were needed.

After the Red Foxes were retired in the top of the 10th, Zagunis hit his second homer of the day to give the Hokies the walk-off win.

Labitan picked up the win for Tech, his first of the year, with two innings of relief work. Jordan Eich was tagged with the loss, giving up two hits over 2.1 IP.

WP: Clark Labitan (1-5) -- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
LP: Jordan Eich (1-2) -- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Top Tech Performers:
Tyler Horan --
2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Mark Zagunis -- 2 for 3, 4 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Sean Keselica -- 2 for 5, 1 R, HR, RBI

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