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The Virginia Tech Hokies Drop One to the Fighting Camels

The Hokies start the two game set with the Campbell Fighting Camels with 7 run 15 strikeout 15 hit loss. There aren't a whole lot of things to say or excuses to make when that happens.

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My father told me that if you are going to lose, you may as well do it big, then there are no excuses possible.  Maybe the beautiful weather and balmy Spring temperatures were a tad distracting for the Hokies.  The nice weather showed, but the bats stayed in the dugout.  Remember the great baseball movie "Major League" and Pedro Cerano's Jobu?  Well, Tech could have used him today.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Campbell University Fighting Camels

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Campbell (7-5)

1

0

0

0

2

0

4

0

0

7

15

0

Virginia Tech (8-5)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

5

0

Hokes Game 1 Box Score for March 8, 2015:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Saige Jenco CF

4

0

1

0

1

2

3

0

0

Ryan Tufts SS

4

1

0

0

1

1

1

1

1

Tom Stoffel LF

3

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

Phil Sciretta 1B

4

0

1

0

0

0

7

0

0

Nick Anderson DH

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

Max Ponzurick RF

3

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

3

Matt Dauby 2B

4

0

1

0

0

2

3

4

3

Joe Freiday, Jr. C

2

0

0

0

1

2

9

3

0

Grant Maiorana PH

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sam Fragale 3B

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

3

Mac Caples PH

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Garrett Hudson 3B

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Andrew McDonald P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Cole Kragel P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Paul Hall, Jr. P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Culver Hughes P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

31

1

5

1

5

15

27

10

10

Doubles: Stoffel, T.

RBI: Stoffel, T.

There really isn't a huge amount to say about the game, except that the breeze might have been pretty nice coming from the field.  Campbell's starting pitcher Nick Thayer nabbed 6 K's and reliever Wes Nobel grabbed 8 more to set up their closer for the day, Chris Wakerow 1 to put the peanuts on the Camel sundae.  Fifteen strikeouts is not an offense that wins ball games.

Campbell shelled Hokie starting pitching pretty hard.  Kyle Pratts, did the most damage with 4 while driving in 2 runs.  Camel first baseman Jimmy Monaghan and third baseman Drew Butler followed just behind with 3 hits each.  Campbell scored 1 in the first, and 2 in the fifth.

At that point in the game, the bottom of the fifth, the Hokies were still capable of striking back and picking up a couple of runs. They had threatened with men on third twice in the game, once in the 1st, and once in the 4th, but strikeouts killed the rallies.  No rally happened and Campell soon put the game well out of reach.

The wheels fell off the Hokie wagon by the top of the 7th inning when Paul Hall, Jr. developed control problems, hit a batter, and walked one.  Culver Hughes didn't fair any better, and gave up four runs on a triple, a double, and two singles; before finally striking out the last batter.

Virginia Tech's scoring occurred in the bottom of the 8th, when Ryan Tufts drew a leadoff walk, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, and then was sent home by Tom Stoffel.  And that was the sum total of Tech's scoring.

Let's hope tomorrow's game goes a bit better.  Tech's record falls to 8-5, and the offense needs to avoid a prolonged slump.  The Hurricanes will be waiting for that first ACC pitch from the Hokies.

GO HOKIES!!!!