February 28, 2015
Hokies split DH with Toledo by identical 1-0 scores
Tech wins the first game on walk-off in 10th frame
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.The Virginia Tech baseball team split back-to-back pitchers’ duels – 1-0 games – in a doubleheader afternoon with Toledo at The Ripken Experience, Ebbotts Field, Saturday in nonconference action. Tech won the first one in 10 innings, while the Rockets took Game 2 in nine frames.

Tech’s pitching has been solid so far this entire weekend with today’s starters matching the output by yesterday’s starter Sean Keselica (7IP/0ER/4K). Aaron McGarity, who took to the mound in Game 1, actually upped the output, throwing nine scoreless innings and striking out eight batters – both career highs. However, he did not factor in the decision.

Making his first career start in Game 2 was Joey Sullivan, who tossed seven innings and struck out four as well. He allowed just three hits and one unearned run, which was the difference in that game, as he was saddled with the loss.

In the first game, Toledo starter Steven Calhoun actually had a perfect game through five frames and took a no-hitter into the eighth. He fanned seven and walked three but also did not factor into the decision.

Luke Scherzer tossed a scoreless top of the 10th for Tech and picked up the win when the Hokies walked off in the bottom of the inning when Erik Payne, with the bases loaded and two outs, singled home Andrew Mogg with the game-winning run.

The first game marked just the third time Tech has gone more than nine innings scoreless and then either won or lost, 1-0. The last time was a 12th-inning victory at Boston College on May 3, 2013, while the first time was a 10th-inning loss at Richmond on April 28, 1975.

In the second game, AJ Motoya scored the only run of the contest in the fourth frame on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Callahan.

Tech had some chances to push home a run, but the team stranded six baserunners and hit into three double plays, which included ending the eighth and the ninth.

The two teams will conclude the four-game series on Sunday with a single game starting at 11 a.m. – a change in the start time – but at the same location, The Ripken Experience, Ebbotts Field.

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