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Hokies Drop one to the Tribe and then to Duke in ACC Game 1

Hump day against the Tribe looked like a Slow Pitch Softwall score. At least the Hokies scored 10 runs but W&M plated 19 in that one. We struggled to score one, late, against Duke. Tech baseball drops their ACC opener by a 10-1 score.

Kind of what the last two games feel like
John Schneider - SB Nation

There are reasons why you sometimes just don’t want to comment on what happened in a game. Take a look at this box score and tell me that it isn’t impressive:

Virginia Tech vs. William & Mary Tribe, March 8th:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Jack Owens 2B

4

2

2

1

1

0

0

2

3

Ryan Tufts SS

2

2

1

0

2

0

1

1

0

Tom Stoffel RF

5

0

0

1

0

2

2

1

2

Sam Fragale 1B

3

1

2

2

0

1

3

1

0

Nick Anderson LF

3

1

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

Mac Caples PH/LF

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

JD Mundy DH

4

3

3

3

1

0

0

0

2

Joe Freiday, Jr. C

2

1

0

0

1

2

13

0

0

Stevie Mangrum PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Garrett Hudson 3B

3

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

Matt Dauby 3B

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rahiem Cooper CF

2

0

0

2

0

0

2

0

0

Grant Maiorana PH

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Culver Hughes P

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Dylan Hall P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chris Monaco P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Keagan McGinnis P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

32

10

10

10

5

8

24

5

7

Doubles: Tufts, Mundy (2)

Home Runs: Mundy

RBI: Owens, Stoffel, Fragale (2), Anderson, Mundy (3), Cooper (2)

SF: Cooper (2)

Stolen Bases: Owens (2) Cooper

Folks that’s 10 runs on 10 hits! Hokies were rounding the bags like the diamond was a carrousel. The ball was flying all over the place and that box score should have been the story of the game, well it was, but not in a "good" way. It seems that all of that offense resulted in a 9 run deficit at the end of the top half of the 9th inning. If The Tribe’s pitching withered, then Tech’s just melted down. When I checked the score during the game, online, I was wondering if I had touched some button leading me to an inter-collegiate club game of Slow Pitch softball.

The Pitching chart gives away the tease Hokie Pitching for March 8th:

Pitchers

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

BF

PC-ST

Culver Hughes

3.1

8

8

8

2

5

1

21

Dylan Hall (L, 0-1)

1.0

2

4

4

1

2

0

7

Chris Monaco

2.2

6

4

4

0

2

0

14

Keagan McGinnis

1.0

3

3

3

2

3

0

9

Totals

8.0

19

19

19

5

12

1

51

William and Mary vs Virginia Tech:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Virginia Tech (9-6)

2

0

2

2

3

0

1

0

0

10

10

2

William & Mary (7-5)

5

2

0

1

5

3

0

3

X

19

19

2

Win: Jamie Sara (1-0) Loss: Nominally Dylan Hall (0-1), but everyone who pitched contributed

Going over the breakdown of the inning activities would just burn up words, and there are just not enough of those to describe the disappointment that must have been running through the Hokie dugout. To have this sort of offensive performance, only to lose is deflating. That’s really all you can say about that.

Friday afternoon rolled around, and rolled on by. The Tech offense that scored 10 runs in a losing effort on Wednesday barely killed the skunk on Friday against the Blue Devils. Packy Naughton struggled in the beginning, but eventually locked Duke down a bit. Packy did manage 9 strikeouts, but the runs given up in his 5 inning effort were just too much for Tech’s exhausted offense.

Virginia Tech vs Duke Blue Devils Game 1:  (ACC Opener for the Hokies):

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Virginia Tech (9-7, 0-1)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

4

3

Duke (9-7, 1-0)

2

3

0

1

0

1

3

0

X

10

17

0

Win: Mitch Stallings (1-1) Loss: Packy Naughton (1-2)

The box score would be interesting if it had much in it. Tech made three consequential errors, and the two of the three relief pitchers just couldn’t keep the Blue Devils from generating runs. Paul Hall (1 inning, 1 hit, 1 one run), and Kit Sheetz (2 outs, 2 hits, 3 runs), and Dylan Hall (who managed a one hit goose egg to close the 7th, and pitch the bottom of the 8th) were in a tough position with no offense and down 10 runs at the end. Ten runs on seventeen hits is just not any sort of a quality start, or smooth lockdown finish.

There is really nothing much to say about the offense in this game, either. The Hokies managed only 4 hits, with Tom Stoffel getting an RBI knock that cured the goose egg problem. That had to wait until the top of the 8th inning, though.

The Saturday game is at 1:00 and will be webcast on ESPN. Hopefully Tech gets some sleep, and gets its back up tomorrow to try and put the brakes on what’s looking like another slide starting.

GO HOKIES!!!!!