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The Yellow Jackets Sweep the Virginia Tech Hokies Convincingly

What can you say? The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets just played a different level of baseball than our Virginia Tech Hokies. They swept us down in Atlanta. The slide is now a slump. Someone find the Rally Caps, special pickers, and the pair of spikes with the orange laces... something... anything...

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That headline looks as painful to read as it did to write.  The Hokies's trip to Atlanta ended up being a major headache... for the Hokies.  The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dominated the first two games on Friday and Saturday, and even with the Hokies scoring 8 runs in the third game, their pitching and defense wasn't able to keep the Jackets out of double digits in the plate crossing statistic, again.

Saturday's game started with some amount of hope with Mac Caples thumping (or clinking... When is college baseball going to get rid of metal bats?  Pros and Minors can't use them, college shouldn't either; but that's another rant for another day.) a two run tater in the 2nd, and then followed up by a solidly built Saige Jenco RBI single.

Then the equipment manager and the bat boy took the Hokie offensive equipment for a ride in the van to the bat polishing shop for some decorative touches, or something like that, because after the 2nd inning Virginia Tech barely registered and offensive pulse.    The pitching staff struggled,normally difficult to hit Kit Sheetz coughed up too many fat ones, and the four that the Wrecks scored in the bottom of the 2nd were more than sufficient to end Hokie Hopes for a victory.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets:  Game 2  (8-3)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Virginia Tech (10-10, 1-4)

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

6

3

(22) Georgia Tech (14-4, 2-3)

0

4

2

0

1

0

0

1

X

8

11

1

Win: Keyton Gibson (2-0)    Loss: Kit Scheetz (3-1)

Virginia Tech Box Score for March 19th:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Saige Jenco CF

4

0

2

1

0

0

2

0

0

Grant Maiorana DH

2

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

Phil Sciretta 1B

4

0

0

0

0

1

6

1

3

Nick Anderson LF

4

1

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

Mac Caples RF

3

1

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

Ryan Tufts SS

3

1

1

0

1

2

2

4

0

Joe Freiday, Jr. C

3

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

1

Andrew Mogg PH

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Matt Dauby 2B

4

0

0

0

0

0

6

2

1

Sam Fragale 3B

4

0

1

0

0

2

0

2

1

Kit Scheetz P

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Cole Kragel P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Totals

31

3

6

3

4

11

24

11

6

Home Runs: Caples

RBI: Jenco, Caples (2)

Today's game wasn't much better than Friday's on the pitching side, but those polished bats did seem to do some good on the hitting side.  Virginia Tech found some offense in the 7th and 8th innings, but when your pitching and defense is struggling, 8 runs has little magic for the W/L column.

Jon Woodcock takes the loss.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - Game 3 (16-8)

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3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Virginia Tech (10-11, 1-5)

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

6

0

8

11

2

(22) Georgia Tech (15-4, 3-3)

1

1

0

1

3

4

2

4

X

16

17

1

Win: Micah Carpenter (1-0)    Loss: Jon Woodcock (1-4)

Virginia Tech Box Score for March 20th:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Saige Jenco CF

5

0

2

2

0

0

2

0

0

Grant Maiorana DH

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Max Ponzurick PH/DH

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

Phil Sciretta 1B

4

1

0

0

0

2

7

0

1

Nick Anderson LF/P

3

1

0

0

2

1

1

0

0

Mac Caples RF/LF

5

1

2

0

0

1

3

0

0

Ryan Tufts SS

4

2

2

3

0

0

1

3

0

Andrew Mogg C

5

0

1

0

0

3

6

1

3

Matt Dauby 2B

3

2

2

1

1

1

3

2

0

Sam Fragale 3B

2

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

Garrett Hudson PH/3B

2

1

1

1

0

1

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

Ryan Lauria P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

38

8

11

8

3

11

24

7

8

Doubles: Jenco, Tufts, Mogg, Dauby

RBI: Jenco  (2), Ponzurick,; Tufts (3),  Dauby,  Hudson, G.

2-out RBI: Jenco, Ponzurick

There is much to work on.  The offense is still inconsistent, and the pitching is struggling.  We can officially register the reality that Tech is now in a real slump and it's going to take some heart and hard work to break the momentum of the slide.  The Hokies play a one game refresher of neighboring Radford, after having beaten the Highlanders earlier in the season; I rather think they are going to be spoiling for some serious revenge.

No one is fooling anyone by saying anything else but this road trip to Atlanta was disappointing.  If the sticks from today's game had shown up in yesterday's we might have nabbed one; but that's not to be, and the brooms were out in Atlanta this evening.

Let's get back in the game!   GO HOKIES!!!!