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The Hokies drop the 3rd game to Georgia Tech 4-6

Saturday’s early start, and its rain delay didn’t do much to help the Hokies. Virginia Tech comes up 3 runs short of a much needed game and series.

Warm Ups on a better day.
John Schneider - SB Nation

Saturday was pretty busy in Blacksburg. There were several school groups on campus on recruiting trips. There were folks in for visits for Spring Orientation, and there were football fans in the stands of Lane Stadium getting a glimpse of some of the gridiron talent on tap for next season. There was another much less welcomed visitor on Saturday; thunder and its big brother lightning. Spring in the mountains is often wet, and it can get a get loud. It drives folks indoors, and puts others to full flight.

The Softball team was bitten by a cancelled double-header with Marshall. And the baseball game’s start was accelerated an hour, with the first pitch being made at 12:02 instead of the customary 1:00 or so. The game only lasted until the top of the 3rd before the storms moved in, and the teams headed out of the weather to wait out a restart. Nick Anderson’s 1 run quality start would end in the middle of the third. Everyone has one of "THOSE" outings in baseball, and the Hokies’ star pitcher/everyman isn’t immune. It seems that he was bitten by the Long Ball Bug, giving up four runs before the 90 minute rain delay, to two homers and a double.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Game 3:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Georgia Tech (20-19, 6-15)

1

0

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

9

0

Virginia Tech (20-22, 8-13)

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

4

9

2

Win: Jake Lee (2-2) Loss: Nick Anderson (5-4)

After the rain delay, Packy Naughton took the mound, cleaned up the 3rd, and then notched a goose-egg in the 4th. Tech’s half of the 3rd after the break showed some signs for life and hope. Matt Dauby homered sending Joe Freiday home with him. Freiday led off the inning with a single. Georgia Tech’s pitcher had a control meltdown and hit both Rahiem Cooper and Ryan Tufts. With two men on base, Tom Stoffel loaded them up with a single, and set the stage for a Sam Fragale RBI Fielder’s Choice. Three runs for the inning would be all Tech would see until the bottom of the 8th on a Matt Dauby Sacrifice Fly that scored Nick Anderson (in his Designated Hitter hat).

Tech just couldn’t get any more definitive offense going and ran out of innings, outs, and chances.

Hokies Box Score for April 22nd:

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

PO

A

LOB

Jack Owens 2B

4

0

1

0

1

0

3

2

0

Ryan Tufts SS

4

0

2

0

0

1

0

3

0

Tom Stoffel RF

5

0

1

0

0

2

1

0

2

Sam Fragale 1B

5

0

0

1

0

1

12

0

1

Nick Anderson P/DH

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

Mac Caples LF

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Joe Freiday, Jr. C

2

1

1

0

0

1

8

3

1

JD Mundy PH

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Grant Maiorana PR

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Marcus White C

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Matt Dauby 3B

3

1

2

3

0

0

1

4

0

Rahiem Cooper CF

3

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

3

Packy Naughton P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Joey Sullivan P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Totals

32

4

9

4

3

5

27

13

9

Home Run: Dauby

RBI: Fragale, Dauby (3)

Sacrifice Fly: Dauby

Errors: Dauby, Naughton

Men Left Parked: 9

Tuesday, West Virginia visits Blacksburg, and then it’s off to Raleigh to face off with North Carolina State.

GO HOKIES!!!