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The Virginia Tech Hokies Open at Home with a Huge Win over East Tennessee

The Hokies Baseball Team opens at home with an impressive five hit shutout of the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers. The pitching was excellent, and the sticks showed up again to hang 11 runs on the score board.

Early at English - Hope the Crowd was good the game was.
Early at English - Hope the Crowd was good the game was.
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It was bordering on flat out cold, and overcast in, with a serious case of threatening drizzle in Blacksburg, today.   Tell me how anyone is surprised with that weather report for late February.  That inconvenient climatic fact did exactly nothing to put a dent in the Hokies' Opening day at home.  English Field and the hardy fans in the stands were treated to a five hit 11-0 shutout of the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

ETSU (1-2)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

5

Virginia Tech (2-2)

1

5

0

0

2

1

2

0

X

11

14

2

Andrew McDonald notches his first win, and the game featured five relievers; Chris Monaco, Paul Hall, Jr., Luis Collazo, Cole Kragel, and Connor Coward for the staff shutout.  There were a few control problems, and an unfortunate HBP earned an early base runner, but those issues smoothed out, and ETSU just never got a chance to get any significant lumber on the ball.

If the great pitching wasn't enough, the offense once again showed up big time, especially in the first two innings, scoring 6 runs.  This sort of early production usually puts teams away, but Tech wasn't quite finished, adding two more runs in the 5th and 7th, with a single run in the 6th that was a rescue for ETSU's pitching staff.

Virginia Tech Box Score for February 23:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Saige Jenco CF

3

3

2

1

2

0

5

0

0

Logan Bible PH/CF

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Grant Maiorana DH

3

0

2

3

0

1

0

0

2

Stevie Mangrum PH

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Tom Stoffel LF

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

Nick Anderson LF

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Phil Sciretta 1B

4

0

1

1

1

1

8

1

1

Max Ponzurick RF

5

1

2

1

0

2

4

0

1

Andrew Mogg C

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Sam Fragale 3B/2B

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

4

Joe Freiday, Jr. C

4

1

1

1

0

3

3

0

0

Stephen Polansky PH/RF

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Matt Dauby 2B

3

2

2

1

1

1

0

4

2

Garrett Hudson 3B/SS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ryan Tufts SS

3

2

2

1

0

0

4

3

0

Rahiem Cooper SS

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Chris Meador 2B

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Andrew McDonald P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chris Monaco P

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Paul Hall, Jr. P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Luis Collazo P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cole Kragel P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Connor Coward P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

37

11

14

11

5

10

27

9

11

Doubles: Jenco, S.; Ponzurick, M; Freiday, Jr.; Dauby, M.; Tufts, R.

RBI: Jenco, S.; Maiorana, G. (3); Mangrum, S.; Stoffel, T.; Sciretta, P.; Ponzurick, M; Freiday, Jr.; Dauby, M.; Tufts, R.

Sacrifice Fly: Maiorana, G.

Errors: McDonald, A.; Monaco, C.

Men Left on Base: 11

The Hokies, after a first inning three up three down for McDonald, scored a run by taking advantage of a throwing error and a balk.  A deep fly ball scored Saige Jenco and that was all the runs that Tech needed for the game.  Of course it's not all that crossed the plate, but with that sort of pitching 1-0 is a win as much as 11-0.

The second inning explosion was the pure power hitting heads up base running baseball that knocked ETSU starter Ryan Simpler out of the game with the score at 6 to 0, and no outs for the inning.  Buccaneer reliever Dillan Cate managed to shut the door on the inning with no more damage being done.  Cate pitched the next three innings and held Tech to that 6 runs, but his relief couldn't keep the score where it was.

Suffice it to say, the Virginia Tech Hokie Baseball team is having a warm comfortable evening at home, after a solid victory and a record improvement to .500 at 2 and 2.   This was not a series, so ETSU was only here for a game.  They'll be out for some revenge on the next one so Tech better be ready for them.

All in all a satisfying home opening victory for Virginia Tech.  Next up, is a trip to Norfolk for a tournament against the Delaware Blue Hens on Friday Feb 26th, ODU on the 27th, and the first meeting with the Manhattan Jaspers (all the way from Riverdale, NY) on the 28th.

GO HOKIES!!!!