May 22, 2013
Hokies open championship with win over No. 5 Virginia
Chad Pinder hits two home runs - including grand slam - in 10-1 victory
(21) Virginia Tech (36-19) 06000400010131
(5) Virginia (45-10) 010000000172
  • Durham, N.C. - 2,455

DURHAM, N.C. – In its first ACC Baseball Championship game since 2010, No. 21 Virginia Tech defeated No. 5 Virginia, 10-1 – its third win over the Cavaliers this year – in Game 2 of the 2013 ACC Championship at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Hokies, who were one of the hottest teams coming into the event – the only team to win its last four ACC series – improved to 36-19 win their sixth win in a row, 11th win in their last 12 games and 14th win in their last 16. It was also their sixth straight win at DBAP and fourth this season. Virginia dropped to 45-10 with the loss.

After a scoreless first, the Hokies broke the game open in the second as they sent 11 men to the plate and scored six times – the most runs they’ve scored in a single inning against the Cavaliers in an ACC competition.

Tyler Horan led off with a check-swing double to left field and then came home when Virginia shortstop Nick Howard threw the ball away on a grounder by Andrew Rash, which enabled Rash to take second. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Chad Morgan and Brendon Hayden brought in Rash and Morgan to make it 3-0.

Virginia starter Brandon Waddell (5-1) then retired the next two batters before Sean Keselica hit a two-out single to score Hayden. Chad Pinder followed with a two-run home run and the Hokies ended the frame with a 6-0 lead.

Tech starter Joe Mantiply (6-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, but allowed a lead-off walk in the second which was followed by an RBI triple by Kenny Towns. However, Mantiply worked the next six frames scoreless, getting solid defense behind him, which included Pinder throwing out Towns out at the plate, to pick up the victory.

Tech got more breathing room in the sixth when Pinder smacked the Hokies first grand slam since April 16, 2011 (Ronnie Shaban vs. Florida State), which scored Kyle Wernicki, Alex Perez and Keselica and put the Hokies up by nine. It was the 21st grand slam in ACC Championship history and first since 2010.

Eddie Campbell tossed the eighth for Tech and struck out two, while Jake Joyce closed the game in the ninth.

The Hokies will return to DBAP on Thursday to face No. 7 Florida State with a 7 p.m. start in Game 6 of the championship.

Click here to see the ACC release, which includes postgame quotes and notes.

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