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Virginia Tech Hokies Run Away from Miami Hurricanes: 14 - 3

Hokies take the first game of the Miami series by a huge margin. Another Grand Slam Home Run, solid pitching, and solid base running kept up the pressure on the 'Canes. Tomorrow is another day and another game, but tonight we can smile a little... but just a little.

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The first thing that should always happen when you win this big in "the long game" is to take a breath, step back, and remember who you are.  The second thing that you should do is allow yourself to celebrate; knucks all around, high fives... and a quiet few minutes in the clubhouse to remember that this was just game one of a 3 game set and the 15th game of a very long season.

Virginia Tech vs Miami Hurricanes - Game 1:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

(5) Miami (FL) (11-3, 0-1)

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

9

1

Virginia Tech (10-5, 1-0)

5

1

3

0

3

0

0

2

X

14

15

Virginia Tech Box Score for March 11th:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Saige Jenco CF

4

4

3

1

1

0

2

0

0

Max Ponzurick PH

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Logan Bible CF

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Grant Maiorana DH

5

2

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

Tom Stoffel RF

5

1

4

5

1

0

0

0

0

Phil Sciretta 1B

5

1

2

2

1

0

14

1

2

Nick Anderson LF

5

1

2

5

0

1

1

0

0

Andrew Mogg C

4

0

0

1

1

1

6

1

3

Ryan Tufts SS

3

2

1

0

1

0

1

4

0

Matt Dauby 2B

3

1

1

0

1

0

1

5

4

Stevie Mangrum PH

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Sam Fragale 2B

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Chris Meador 3B

3

1

0

0

1

1

0

2

1

Packy Naughton P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cole Kragel P

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Joey Sullivan P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

38

14

15

14

9

5

27

15

10

Home Run: Anderson

RBI: Jenco, Stoffel (5), Sciretta (2),  Anderson (5), Mogg

2-out RBI: Stoffel (3), Sciretta, Anderson

There might have been a little revenge for last evening in the Baseball Hokies' hearts, because Miami - Ranked 5th and 6th (depending on the poll) came into town with an 11-2 record, and a fearsome reputation.  From the first inning it was obvious, for this evening anyway, that the Virginia Tech Hokies starting pitcher Packy Naughton wasn't intimidated.  Miami would pop up, ground out, slap an unfollowed up single into the field, and promptly strike out to start the game.

The Hokies lineup seems to have gotten into a first inning habit, of jumping out front with some offense, and then keeping the line going for the game.  Saige Jenco started the action with a leadoff single.  Grant Maiorana followed up with a single, and Tom Stoffel walked to load the bases.  Phil Sciretta reached on a fielder's choice that ended up being missed by the Miami shortstop to score Jenco, and keep the bags full.  Nick Anderson evidently thought that the time had come for another Slammin' Tater and cleared the bags for 4.  The score was 5 - 0 at the end of one, and Tech wouldn't surrender the lead for the entire game.

Packy Naughton gave up two doubles and the ‘Canes worked them into an additional run for 2, but the damage was limited, and Naughton was doing a good job with a 3 run cushion so Coach Mason let him stay in to continue stopping Miami's batters.

Tech would go on to score a run in the bottom of the 2nd, then 2 in the bottom of the 3rd.  Even with Miami adding a single home run by Zack Collins in the top of the 5th, Miami just didn't generate much offense for the remainder of the game.  Tech responded with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning, and then another 2 in the bottom of the 8th.  Naughton was pulled two outs into the 7th by Cole Kragel who closed out the inning, and then set up Joey Sullivan for the top of the 9th.

This evening Tom Stoffel shined at the plate, no one can take that grand slam tater away from Nick Anderson; each with 5 runs batted in.  Packy notches another quality start and a win, raising his record to 2-1.  Tech wins the first game in a critical series to start the ACC on a good note, against a highly ranked hard fighting Miami Hurricane team.

Tomorrow is another game.  Miami is unlikely to be too thrilled about this last game, and winning tonight doesn't mean we will win tomorrow.  It does mean that we can win.  This Virginia Tech Hokie Baseball team is starting to look like people could notice that it is 10-5.  It's too early to look for the equipment closet.  We still have to win the next one.

GO HOKIES!!!