On Thursday night, Virginia Tech #2 baseball team hit a heat attack in the back of the 6th house to beat the Clemson Tigers 18-6. The result hurt Clemson’s NCAA Tournament hopes, and while the Hokies didn’t need to win tonight’s game with UNC winning the match against the Tigers earlier in the week, by no means did the Hokie offense take the night off. He used 15 hits and 10 runs to go along with the homer to deliver the Tigers. Only twice have the Hokies failed to have a runner reach base.
The top of the third inning was when the Hokie bat heated up in a big way. With Cade Hunter at base, Carson Jones hit the Hokies ’first homer on the right field wall and the outfield entrance gate behind him, into the streets. It was Jones ’seventh homer in five games. He said the preparations all season allowed him to be successful when his number was called lately.
“It definitely feels good to get up there and put a good swing on the baseballs and get the results you’re looking for,” Jones said after the game.
His home makes the Hokies up 5-2, but it’s not over yet. After the Tigers pulled up pitcher Billy Barlow, Lucas Donlon walked in and Carson DeMartini singled into the middle of the field to bring the top of the order up. What followed was three laps back home from Nick Biddison, Gavin Cross, and Tanner Schobel. The atmosphere was electric with many pro-Hokies on hand at Truist Field.
After three straight bombs from the Hokies ’top in a row, Tech’s score is 10-2. The game looked heading into blowout territory, but Clemson slugger and ACC Player of the Year Max Wagner beat 27 of them.th homer winter. The two-run blast tied Clemson’s school record for home in season one set by Khalil Greene, an honor that Wagner said “thank you” for after the game despite the loss. The Tigers then added two more runs in the fourth inning ahead of the other to make it 10-6.
When seen as a home run party by both teams, the Hokie bat responded directly from the fifth inning. They scored eight unanswered runs. Eventually, John Szefc acknowledged the Hokies ’clear offensive production, noting the discipline of the batting plate as well as the pitcher’s ability to limit Clemson on basepaths, but what really stuck in him was pitching Christian Worley.
He made 3 1/3 innings giving only 1 hit, hitting 3 of the 11 batters he faced, not running, and would probably have made a few more batters if not for the weather delay that lasted about 54 minutes. When asked about Worley’s success, Szefc shared the new health and confidence he gained from the successful event.
Tonight, the Hokies take on UNC at 7 p.m. on the ACC Network in a game that will decide who advances from Pool A and earns a place in Saturday’s ACC Semifinals against Notre Dame. When asked after last night’s match, what he thought of facing the Heels tonight, John Szefc said.
“They are hot. Awake hot. Definitely a good game. Definitely a good drawing. I mean, I’m going to fight someone else. I don’t care who plays, ”he said over and over,“ We took care of them at the venue about half a month ago. We will be full of hands, but his hands will also be full. ”