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Virginia Tech Hokies Fall Short 6-7 in First ODU Tournament Game

The Hokie Baseball Team fell one run short at 6 to 7 in a tough game against the Delaware Blue Hens at the ODU Tournament today.

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Baseball can be a very frustrating long game of ups and downs, wins and losses are often the matter of a half an inning, or one unlucky throw.   Most baseball games are not dominating affairs, they are scrambling tight games where runs are manufactured and the difference is that throw from the hole to 1st instead of picking up the lead runner at 2nd so there is a guy in scoring position with one out - and it's the bottom of the ninth and you are a run down.

Well something like that happened to the Hokies today in Norfolk against the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware.   Not quite, but really close to that.  Tech did not start the game well.  Hens' leadoff batter Mohollen started the game with a double, advanced to third on a ground ball, and then scored on a throwing error.  After a walk and a strikeout, a single scored Delaware Left Fielder Jordan Glover.  The top of the inning ended with a strikeout but not before the damage for the game was done.

Glover scored another run on a fielding error, and 2/3rds of the way through the 4th inning, Tech's bats seemed to have redeveloped the holes that plagued the team in the first two games.  Then Mogg singled, Dauby doubled, followed by a Tufts double and suddenly the Hokies had put 2 runs up and a 2 out rally breathed life back into the team.

Tech pitcher Packy Naughton struck out the side in the top of the 5th, and Tech evened the score up in the bottom of the inning with a 2 out double from Sam Fragale which scored Phil Sciretta.  It was a new ballgame, tied at 3-3 and it looked like Tech had gotten control over the situation.

The top of the sixth would rip away that feeling of refreshed momentum.  Cole Kragel, Jon Woodcock, and Connor Coward were roughed up, especially Coward whose early control suffered greatly.  He was charged with three wild pitches, and a run scored that broke a promising tie.

Coward would eventually regain his control, but the score didn't budge until the top of the 8th when a pitching change was followed by a spirit crushing 3 run rally that Tech could not overcome.  Tech pulled off a 3 run flurry to close the gap to 6-7 in the bottom of the 8th, and there was a glimmer of hope when Aaron McGarity took over the mound for Tech in the top of the ninth and kept the Hens from crossing the plate again.

Tech would put a man on base in the 9th.  Grant Maiorana drew a 2 out walk, and Logan Bible was put in to pinch run.  Andrew Mogg reached on a FC that was assisted by a throwing error that had Bible standing on 2nd in scoring position.  Rahiem Cooper was put in to pinch run for Mogg, and a 2 out rally was looking like a possibility, at least to throw the game into extra innings.  But such are the plans of every Skipper putting his lineup card through the ringer at the end of a tight game.  It wasn't going to happen this afternoon.  Matt Dauby ran out of batting karma, and pumped a catchable fly ball to the left fielder.

Virginia Tech Hokie Game Totals and Box Score for February 26:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Delaware (3-1)

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

3

0

7

8

4

Virginia Tech (2-3)

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

3

0

6

7

3

W: Marinaccio, Ron (2-0)    L: Cole Kragel (0-1)

SV: Spadafino, Nick (0)

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Saige Jenco CF

3

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

2

Tom Stoffel LF

4

0

1

2

1

1

1

0

0

Phil Sciretta 1B

5

1

1

0

0

0

8

0

1

Max Ponzurick RF

4

0

0

0

1

2

1

0

0

Sam Fragale 3B

5

0

1

1

0

1

1

1

3

Stevie Mangrum DH

3

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

1

Grant Maiorana PH/DH

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Logan Bible PR

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Andrew Mogg C

4

2

1

0

1

1

12

3

0

Rahiem Cooper PR

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Matt Dauby 2B

3

2

2

0

2

0

2

4

2

Ryan Tufts SS

3

1

1

2

1

0

1

0

1

Packy Naughton P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Cole Kragel P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jon Woodcock P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Connor Coward P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chris Monaco P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aaron McGarity P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

35

6

7

6

9

11

27

9

10

The Hokies take the field tomorrow Feb 27 at 4pm against the Old Dominion University Monarchs.  They are going to bring their best game for their home tournament.  Tech will have to bring its best game, too.

GO HOKIES!!!!