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Virginia Tech Hokies Rally Fades Drop a 5-4 Game to West Virginia

There was a pit-stop of sorts in Morgantown for the baseball team. They almost came back from a 4 run deficit, but the rally fell just one run short at 5-4. The Academic year is over today. Reading Day is tomorrow, and Commencement is next week. It'd be nice to see a few W's in the book to kick off the big festivities.

OOPS! Tripped up again....again..again
OOPS! Tripped up again....again..again
Picture Courtesy of Dave Knachel - Virginia Tech Athletics

The road back from Boston College went through Morgantown for a one off non-conference matchup with former Big East Rivals the West Virginia Mountaineers on May 3rd.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs the University of West Virginia Mountaineers

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Virginia Tech (15-31)

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

4

10

2

West Virginia (24-19)

1

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

X

5

8

0

W: Zarbnisky, B (2-0)    L: Nick Anderson (0-1)

Virginia Tech Box Score for May 3rd:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Saige Jenco CF

4

1

0

0

1

2

2

0

0

Ryan Tufts SS

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

Garrett Hudson PH/SS

3

1

0

1

1

2

1

1

2

Tom Stoffel LF

4

0

2

2

1

0

2

0

0

Logan Bible PR

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Phil Sciretta 1B

4

0

1

0

1

2

7

0

0

Nick Anderson P/DH

4

0

1

0

0

1

0

2

1

Sam Fragale 3B

4

0

1

1

0

2

0

1

1

Joe Freiday, Jr. C

4

0

1

0

0

2

9

2

3

Matt Dauby 2B

4

1

2

0

0

1

1

1

0

Rahiem Cooper RF

3

1

1

0

1

0

2

0

1

Chris Monaco P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Connor Coward P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Ryan Lauria P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Paul Hall, Jr. P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cole Kragel P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

35

4

10

4

5

12

24

9

8

Doubles: Freiday

RBI: Hudson, Stoffel (2), Fragale

Clutch RBI: Fragale

West Virginia put up one run in each of the first three innings, and added two in the 5th and 6th.  Tech just didn't seem to be able to get anyone across the plate even though they threatened with a man on 2nd and another on 3rd.  It wasn't until the top of the 6th, that the Hokies finally got on the board with a two out single by Sam Fragale that scored Garrett Hudson.

West Virginia came back and put one across the plate in the bottom of the 6th that ended up being the winning run.  Someone must have passed out the rally caps and started some sort of roll because Tech's offense finally woke up in the top of the 7th.  Matt Dauby and Rahiem Cooper both checked in with singles.  Saige Jenco worked a walk to load the bases.  Garrett Hudson grounded out to 2nd base but that was enough for an RBI, scoring Dauby from 3rd. Tom Stoffel stepped up an hit a single with enough umph to score both Cooper and Jenco.  The score was narrowed to one run at 5-4.

But something happened and those rally caps all blew away in the Morgantown breeze.  Neither team did much with the last two and a half innings.  There was a final gasp from the Hokies as Tom Stoffel (with Logan Bible pinch running) and Phil Sciretta teamed up to threaten third, but there were 2 outs on the board, and Bible's game attempt to grab an extra bag got him thrown out at 3rd.

The Hokies are at home at Union Park next weekend for a double header on Saturday and a closing game on Sunday against Alcorn State.  Hopefully the weather cooperates, it's been raining and dreary for this last week in Blacksburg, and it would be good to have nice weather to celebrate the end of the semester.  Maybe the Hokie baseball team can bring a series win home for the beginning of graduation week.  The crowds might be a tad thin, though; it's finals.

GO HOKIES!!!