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Virginia Tech Hokies Open the Season with an 11-3 Run Away

The Hokies Baseball Team put one on the USC Upstate Spartans. First Baseman Sam Fragale put on a batting clinic, and Packy Naughton gets his first win. Tech 11, USC Upstate 3.

Getting hits!
Courtesy of Dave Knachel - Virginia Tech Athletics

The baseball world is one of length and patience. Baseball seasons are marathon affairs with ups and downs. They are often filled with rational expectations and understanding that players and teams often perform to average. It’s the players and teams that can exceed their averages for long enough that make winners.

Last evening, Virginia Tech performed far above their average, and in particular First Baseman Sam Fragale sprinted out of the 2017 Season gate with a power house display of hitting that netted him 7 RBI the bulk of which were generated on three ‘taters. Fragale just missed hitting Rahiem Cooper and Nick Anderson both put the ball out of the park.

Packy Naughton started the game and pitched a respectable 4.1 innings before being relieved by Nick Anderson for 2.2 innings. Graham Seitz and Chris Monaco finished out the game with an inning each.

It was a good start to a long campaign. The Spartans aren’t the Hurricanes or Wahoos, but every baseball game has its momentum, and every team is dangerous. Starting with a win is a good thing. It’d be nice to sweep the opening series to come home for that one day opener on Tuesday against the Marshall Thundering Herd.

Virginia Tech Box Score:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Rahiem Cooper CF

5

1

1

1

0

3

2

0

0

Grant Maiorana PH/CF

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

Ryan Tufts SS

3

1

2

0

1

0

1

5

0

Tom Stoffel RF

5

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

4

Nick Anderson DH/P

5

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

Sam Fragale 1B

5

4

5

7

0

0

10

0

0

Mac Caples LF

4

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

Stevie Mangrum PH/LF

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Joe Freiday, Jr. C

5

1

2

1

0

1

7

2

1

Matt Dauby 2B

4

0

0

0

0

2

3

2

0

Garrett Hudson PH/3B

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jack Owens 3B

4

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

Jake Rosen PH/2B

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

Packy Naughton P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Graham Seitz P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chris Monaco P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

43

11

14

11

1

11

27

12

8

Doubles: Tufts, Anderson, Fragale

Triples: Fragale

Home Runs: Cooper, Fragale (3), Freiday

RBI: Cooper, Anderson, Fragale (7), Mangrum, Freiday

Stolen Base: Owens

Winning Pitcher: Naughton

Good Start to the Season.

GO HOKIES!!!!