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The Virginia Tech Hokies drop their season opener to the Citadel Bulldogs

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Virginia Tech Hokie Baseball opens with a loss in Charleston. It was a 4 to 2 game, but Tech's hitting was rusty and it showed. But baseball is all about long seasons and grinding out wins while dealing with loses because the loses will come. We had just hoped that the opener wouldn't remind us so much of the grind of the game.

Not the Charleston, but it is baseball.
Not the Charleston, but it is baseball.
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No one who loves baseball says that it's an easy game.  Nothing in baseball is actually easy.  There are life skills involved in the sport, throwing, catching, and hitting are fundamentals that even the greatest professionals completely whiff on occasionally.  It's a game of averages, with a maddening array of statistics (both old baseball, and newfangled Sabermetrics) there's WAR (Wins above Replacement) and OBP (On Base Percentage) and even more inscrutable numbers like ERA (Earned Run Average) all of which are significant unless they aren't.   Baseball is a game that pits the past against today, and the near future and generally basically breaks even.  Player's stats reflect their averages; and the players that can play better than their averages at the critical time for long enough, can have an impact for a game, a series, or even a season.

All of that aside though, and the one statistic that actually really is the only one that counts in baseball is that your team's number of runs needs to exceed the other team's number of runs at the end of the game.  The winning team that puts more of those combinations together than the other teams gets to go on to greater things.  The team that can't play above average will not make it out of the middle of the pack.

The Hokies took the field for their opener in Charleston, SC against the Citadel Bulldogs.  Remember, baseball isn't football, and smaller schools can be capable of fielding excellent baseball teams.  The Citadel was a better baseball team this evening, by two runs (that being a homer with a man on.)

The game wasn't on any broadcast that I could find, but Hokiesports.com does a sort of "game crawler" that is straight out of the 1930's and 40's (where the local radio announcer and sometimes a Foley artist -sound effects guy) would rip the game calls from the wire and fill in the blanks with chatter and talk about the team and game.

Tonight, starting at 5:00pm EST, the first pitches resulted in a strike out.  It seems that a good deal of the Hokie sticks had developed serious holes.  Then, when the holes weren't evident the swings didn't happen.  17 K's with a bunch of the backwards kind are not going to get players around the bags.  Tech did manage to score 2 runs.  The Game stats are available here, at HokieSports.

Game 1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Virginia Tech (0-1)

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

5

0

The Citadel (1-0)

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

4

6

0

Tonight's lineup and box score:

Virginia Tech

#

Name

Pos

Bat

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

18

Saige Jenco

CF

L

3

0

0

0

1

2

5

0

1

21

Sam Fragale

3B

R

4

1

1

1

1

2

0

1

1

12

Tom Stoffel

LF

L

4

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

3

34

Max Ponzurick

RF

R

4

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

15

Phil Sciretta

1B

R

3

0

2

1

1

0

6

0

0

44

Stevie Mangrum

DH

R

2

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

1

4

Grant Maiorana

PH

R

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

Andrew Mogg

C

R

4

0

1

0

0

1

10

1

1

5

Matt Dauby

2B

R

3

1

1

0

1

2

1

1

2

14

Ryan Tufts

SS

R

3

0

0

0

0

3

1

4

0

24

Mac Caples

PH

R

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Totals

32

2

5

2

5

17

24

7

9

Needless to say, it's baseball, and that game was the last game.  On to the next one.

GO HOKIES!!!  Let's get the next one and wrap up a winning series.