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Virginia Tech Hokie Baseball Roundup: Drops Georgia Tech Series 1-2

The weekend spent in Atlanta was not exactly what the Hokies had hoped for. Both Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech had pitching problems. Neither team had batting issues, but Georgia Tech took 2 out of 3 for what looked like softball scores.

Hitting the Ball
John Schneider - SB Nation

The Virginia Tech Hokie pitching staff; both starters and relievers had one of “those” weekends. None of the three games were what you would call classic baseball games. In all three, Virginia Tech scored more than enough runs to walk away with the average game. It only managed to outlast Georgia Tech in the middle game of the series on Saturday.

GAME 1: Friday March 16th:

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Team/Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E R H E
Team/Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E R H E
Virginia Tech (8-9, 2-2) 1 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 2 9 13 1 2 10 1
Georgia Tech (10-7, 1-3) 2 2 0 4 0 2 5 1 X 16 16 1 3 8 1
W: Xzavion Curry (4-0)
L: Connor Coward (1-2)
Scoreboard Summary Hokie Sports

Every good pitcher, even in the major leagues, gets a bear to jump on their back, and they can throw nothing but fat “hit me” cement mixers across the plate. Connor Coward has had two prior quality starts, but Friday he gets the big “nozzomush”. Connor’s 5 and a 1/3rd innings were an 11 hit, 10 run full on disaster. They do happen, but it doesn’t make it easier to see, (the game was streamed on ESPN) and certainly not for him to experience, either.

Unfortunately the Hokie relief staff was just not able to limit the damage and gave up 6 more runs over the remainder of the game.

Game 1 Pitching Grid

Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR BF PC-ST
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR BF PC-ST
Connor Coward (L, 1-2) 5.1 11 10 6 2 4 2 30 93-55
Graham Seitz 1.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 6 24-16
Paul Hall, Jr. 0 1 3 3 2 0 0 3 17-6
Ryan Okuda 1.1 2 2 2 0 3 2 6 28-19
Totals 8 16 16 12 4 7 4 45 162-96
Three Pitchers gave up a total of 16 runs. Too much to overcome. Hokie Sports

The big fact to note in this effort was that the Hokie offense showed up and made a game of it. The Hokies did put 9 runs on the board, including a furious 4 run rally in the 5th inning that got us within a run, but it just wouldn’t hold, and the Jackets returned the favor in their halves of the next two innings. Tech’s offense just ran out of gas at that point.

Doubles: Horanski

Home Runs: Owens, J.; Stoffel

RBI: Owens, J.; Stoffel (2); Horanski (3); Mundy; Irvine (2)

Sacrifice Flies: Mundy

Eventually at team just has to play out the game, do the best that they can, and prepare for the next one.

GAME 2: Friday March 17th:

Saturday proved to be a different story, but it took every inning, and a furious 4 run bottom of the 9th nearly walked the Hokies off.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Team/Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E R H E
Team/Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E R H E
Virginia Tech (9-9, 3-2) 0 0 1 4 2 3 0 0 0 10 15 1 2 10 1
Georgia Tech (10-8, 1-4) 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 4 8 12 0 3 8 1
W: Andrew McDonald (1-1)
L: Connor Thomas (2-2)
SV: Nic Enright (2)
Hokies hold off the Yellow Jackets Hokie Sports

This time the Hokie starting pitching wasn’t too bad, it just didn’t last long. Ian Seymour put up 4 and 1/3rd. He only gave up 2 runs and punched out 6 Yellow Jackets. The bottom of the fifth was finished by Andrew McDonald after Seymour had runners on the corners and only one out. The Jackets managed to get a run across the plate, but the Hokies had a 7 to 2 lead. The gods of baseball scoring don’t award wins to pitchers who toss less than 5, so Syemour would have to be happy with a solid lead to attach to his No Decision. Andrew McDonald hung tough until the Georgia Tech offense found the range, and tagged him for two more runs in the bottom of the 7th. McDonald held a goose egg for the bottom of the 8th. Then came the bottom of the 9th and that famous observation that the pitcher was left in for one inning too long. 3 singles, 1 double and a throwing error later and the Hokies had given up 4. Nic Enright was called in to get the final two outs. After a wild pitch, he settled down and notched the final two on strikeouts.

This win was definitely the territory of the Hokie bats. The offense showed up big and steady through most of the game. They only ran out of offensive oomph in the top of the 7th inning. The 10 runs that they put up would have to do, and it did.

Virginia Tech’s Game 2 offensive summary:

Doubles: Stoffel; Horanski; Kokaska; Freiday

Triples: Owens, J.

Homers: Mundy

RBI: Owens, J. (2); Stoffel, T.; Horanski, L.; Mundy (2); Kokaska (2); Jacoby (2)

Sacrifice Flies: Jacoby

GAME 3: Friday March 18th:

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Team/Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E R H E
Team/Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E R H E
Virginia Tech (9-10, 3-3) 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 6 9 3 2 10 1
Georgia Tech (11-8, 2-4) 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 X 10 15 1 3 8 1
W: Andy Archer (2-0)
L: Luke Scherzer (0-1)
SV: Jared Datoc (2)
A disappointing loss Hokie Sports

There are no two ways about it; game 3 was just painful. The starting pitching didn’t hold up, and the bull pen struggled to close the game with mid level and short relief that gave up a total of 10 runs. Luke Scherzer had to be pulled after only one inning of work. Dylan Hall was tagged for three runs and the Hokies were in the hole deep for the entire game. Joey Sullivan pitched 5 innings of middle relief, but also unfortunately gave up five runs.

Virginia Tech Pitching for Game 3

Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR
Luke Scherzer (L, 0-1) 1 4 3 2 1 1 0
Dylan Hall 0 3 3 3 0 0 1
Joey Sullivan 5 8 4 3 0 1 1
Hayden Heflin 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graham Seitz 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nic Enright 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 8 15 10 8 1 2 2
A disappointing pitching effort Hokie Sports

There was just nothing much that the offense could do to close the gap. A 5 run Hokike half of the 7th helped make it look close, but after that miracle 5, the Gobblers couldn’t get back across the plate. Joe Freiday managed to be one of the bright spots in the offense by grabbing a tater, but basically the Hokies just couldn’t overcome the disappointing pitching and three errors on the board.

The Wednesday game was postponed. We’ll be taking the field against the Thundering Herd of Marshall April 10. This weekend the Hokies are supposed to meet the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill, but that might be interesting since this wintery weather is expected to last for a while.

GO HOKIES!!!