Follow live stats all weekend long on hokiesports.com and get game updates via twitter - @VT_Baseball. Games versus Cincinnati (Friday at 4 p.m. http://es.pn/1gSfYot and Sunday at 2 p.m. http://es.pn/1gSfWNr) can be viewed on ESPN3.
The weekend: Tech continues its 121st season of baseball by hosting a three-team tournament at English Field, welcoming to Blacksburg the Cincinnati Bearcats of the America Athletic Conference and UMass Lowell, in its first year of Division I baseball, out of the America East Conference. A snapshot of the Hokies’ history versus each opponent is located right.
Tech success in home openers and in Blacksburg: Since 1989, when the Hokies began playing at English Field, they are 20-6 all-time in home openers and have won 13 of 17. That includes defeating Radford, 6-1, on Tuesday night in their 2014 home opener.
All-time, Tech is 422-220-3 in 26 seasons at English Field and 1,193-508-12 in games played in Blacksburg and includes a 3-1 record in the Hokies’ opening weekend last year as they hosted Temple, Holy Cross and Delaware.
Zagunis earning some preseason accolades: Tech junior catcher Mark Zagunis received a pair of preseason honors heading into the 2014 baseball season. He was first tabbed a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association second team All-American catcher on Dec. 18 and followed that up with a Louisville Slugger second team All-American catcher nod announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Dec. 23.
Perez stays in line-up: Junior second baseman Alex Perez made his 118th consecutive start in the season opener at The Citadel and has started every game this season to push his streak to 122 - every game since stepping foot on campus and the most of any player on the current roster. Of the 122 starts for Perez, 74 have come at second, 48 at shortstop. His streak began Feb. 17, 2012.
It’s the longest streak at the school since Michael Seaborn started 146 consecutive games - his were all at second base. His streak started on March 24, 2009 and ended May 21, 2011.
Stealing some bases: Freshman outfielder Saige Jenco stole three bases against Radford Tuesday night, the most since Tony Balisteri stole three at Boston College on March 27, 2011. It’s one shy of Tech’s single-game record of four and ties for the most in a single game in the ACC this season.
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