March 21, 2015
Tech suffers 15-8 setback to Clemson
Offense collects 14 hits, four by Alex Perez
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BLACKSBURG – A day after being held scoreless over 10 frames, the Virginia Tech baseball team scored eight runs on 14 hits, however the visiting Clemson Tigers were able to plate 15 on 21 hits and secured the ACC series on Saturday afternoon at English Field.

The Hokies actually score single runs in the first through four frames – with Ricky Surum, Sean Keselica and Alex Perez all knocking in runs – and held a 1-0 lead when Saige Jenco scored in the first on a groundball double play.

The Tigers (11-10, 4-4 ACC), though, responded to each Hokie run with multiples of their own. A two-run home run in the second gave them their first lead and 10 runs combined over the next two innings pushed their advantage to 12-4 after four.

Three more Tigers crossed the plate in the top of the sixth to make it 15-4 before the Hokies tried to make a comeback against the Clemson bullpen.

Tech (11-12, 4-4 ACC) plated two in the seventh – RBI singles by Brendon Hayden and Max Ponzurick – and had runners on the corners with one out, but couldn’t scratch any more across in the inning. In the eighth, they added two more runs to provide the final outcome.

Of note in the game, Perez had his second career four-hit game – at Virginia (3/30/14) – and his triple in the fourth was his fifth of the year, tied for the seventh most in a single season, and the 12th of his Hokie career, tied for the fourth most at the school with Chris Stanton (2002-05). With his four hits, Perez now has 180 in his career.

Other notables: Nick Anderson made is collegiate debut as a pinch hitter in the seventh and Kit Scheetz returned to the mound after missing almost a month of action (last appearance was Feb. 23 at Campbell).

Jenco and Keselica had two hits apiece while Jenco and Perez each crossed the plate two times.

Clemson’s Brody Koerner (3-2) tossed five innings and struck out six in the winning effort, while the Hokies’ Aaron McGarity suffered the loss (2-2) in his shortest outing of the season (2.2 IP).

The two teams will play the final game of the three-game ACC set on Sunday with a first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.

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