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Virginia Tech Hokies Score 10, and still lose to Western Carolina

The Hokies drop another high scoring game by a football score. Tech goes through five pitchers, scores 10 runs, and still drops the game to the Catamounts, whose pitching staff burned through five of their own pitchers.

The Ball was flying today, and we still lost.
The Ball was flying today, and we still lost.
Picture Courtesy of Dave Knachel - Virginia Tech Athletics

When was it written that a when a team scores 10 runs it still loses the baseball game? And to add insult to injury in the whole thing, by four runs?

The Hokies’ pitching completely melted down this evening, and even with a first rate offensive effort by the remaining players there was no rescue. When the team burns through five hurlers at a pace that a starter is being brought in for a 8 and a half inning game there are serious issues on the staff.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Western Carolina Catamounts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Virginia Tech (12-26)

0

0

2

3

0

1

3

0

1

10

19

1

Western Carolina (20-16)

1

1

0

5

5

0

2

0

X

14

19

1

W: Dylan Biumi (2-0) L: Andrew McDonald (1-3)

Virginia Tech Hokie Box Score for April 20th:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Saige Jenco CF

5

0

3

2

0

0

2

0

2

Rahiem Cooper RF

6

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

Phil Sciretta 1B

5

1

2

2

0

1

10

0

1

Nick Anderson LF/P

4

1

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

Joe Freiday, Jr. C

4

0

0

0

0

3

4

1

4

Logan Bible PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Andrew Mogg C

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Garrett Hudson 3B

3

0

1

2

0

1

2

1

0

Sam Fragale 3B

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

Stevie Mangrum DH/LF

5

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Matt Dauby 2B

3

2

2

0

2

0

3

7

1

Ryan Tufts SS

4

3

3

3

0

0

1

3

0

Joey Sullivan P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Andrew McDonald P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Chris Monaco P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ryan Lauria P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jon Woodcock P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

42

10

19

10

3

8

24

15

10

Doubles: Mangrum, Tufts

Triples: Tufts

RBIs: Jenco (2), Cooper, Sciretta (2), Hudson (2),Tufts (3)

Clutch RBIs: Sciretta (2), Hudson (2)

Sacrifice Flies: Jenco, Tufts

Men Left on Base: 10

The Catamounts weren’t much better on the mound; but Tech leaves 10 on base. There was a game attempt to rally in the top of the 9th, but only one run scored. You could  call this one a 'slug fest'. One would sign on to that if there was some confidence that the pitching was solid and both teams were just zeroed in on the ball for the game.  The description might be just a bit optimistic for this one.

I know we are talking up the Spring Game, but this isn’t football and 14-10 is not a set of numbers that one visualizes when thinking about a baseball game.

Friday, the Hokies take on Duke at Pulaski, before hosting two on campus at Union Park. Duke is playing a bit better than we are, but not by much. We have a chance if we can get this sort of offense combined with even average pitching.

GO HOKIES!!!