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Virginia Tech Hokies over Manhattan 12-7. End the ODU Tourney with 2 Wins

Virginia Tech Hokie Baseball ends the ODU Tournament with a win, and a 4-3 record. The Manhattan Jaspers were no pushover, and kept scrapping the entire game. The Hokies outlast the team from New York 12-7.

Let's Go Hokies!!!
Let's Go Hokies!!!
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The Hokie sticks and aggressive base running showed up, again, today.  They needed it because the Manhattan Jaspers weren't going down easy.  Tech needed its two run cushion throughout the game, because the little team from New York wouldn't be put away.

Sunday February 28th Hokie Box Score:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Virginia Tech (4-3)

5

1

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

12

12

1

Manhattan (1-2)

2

0

1

1

0

0

3

0

0

7

12

0

Take a good look at the box breakdown.  Tech needed to stay hot at the plate, and active around the bags.  Manhattan came within 2 runs by the end of the 4th, and that's a "ballgame" in anyone's book.

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Saige Jenco CF

5

1

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

Grant Maiorana DH

5

2

1

1

0

2

0

0

3

Stevie Mangrum PH

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Tom Stoffel LF

6

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

Phil Sciretta 1B

3

3

2

1

2

0

9

0

0

Sam Fragale 3B

3

3

1

0

0

1

0

1

1

Max Ponzurick RF

3

1

1

2

2

0

1

0

0

Joe Freiday, Jr. C

4

2

2

2

1

1

13

0

0

Matt Dauby 2B

3

0

2

4

2

1

1

3

0

Ryan Tufts SS

3

0

0

1

0

2

1

2

2

Nic Enright P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jon Woodcock P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Connor Coward P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aaron McGarity P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

36

12

12

12

8

10

27

7

8

Doubles: Jenco, Ponzurick, Freiday, Dauby
Triples: Jenco
RBI: Jenco, Maiorana, Sciretta, Ponzurick (2), Freiday (2), Dauby (4), Tufts
Sac Flies: Tufts

Jon Woodcock gets credit for the win in relief of Nic Enright each pitching at least three.  But Enright gave up 2 runs with two outs in the bottom of the 1st,  and then Woodcock was sent in in the bottom of the 4th after a Jasper triple.  The run would score, and the Jaspers got within 2 runs. They would get no closer for the remainder.  Woodcock did look like he was getting into some trouble in the bottom of the 7th, 2 runs scored by good old fashioned manufacture.  Connor Coward was sent in to hold the line for the inning, and succeeded in getting the final two outs to keep the score to 9-7, and that two run cushion stayed in place.

Tech would stretch the lead to the game finishing 5 runs at 12-7 with a nice two man on base double by Matt Dauby which scored Joe Freiday, Jr., Sam Fragale, Phil Sciretta.  Aaron McGarity would lock Manhattan down for the last two innings, and Tech seemed to do a little offensive coasting for the last few innings.  The upshot is that Tech's opening inning of five runs ended up being the difference in the game.

It was a solid offensive outing, with smart walks, aggressive base running, and clutch hitting.  The pitching struggled a bit and the Jaspers were never out of it until the last six outs.  A good game and it is truly good to be above .500 at 4 wins and 3 losses.  Now it's time for the Hokies to bring their lessons learned to English Field where we take on the other local college baseball team, the Radford Highlanders.  It's going to be a long home stand, and a win to start it off We lost to the Highlanders twice in 2015.  The Hokies need to get those games back.

March 11 is the the start of the ACC schedule with a three game series against the 'Canes.  The Hokies need to be firing on all cylinders by then.

GO HOKIES!!!!!