March 15, 2016
Tech taken down by Liberty in midweek tilt
Tom Stoffel with two hits, two RBIs in runaway contest
Liberty (12-6) 33700040522242
Virginia Tech (10-8) 001600000780
  • English Field - 1,076

BLACKSBURG – Liberty jumped out to an early 13-run advantage after its first three at-bats then cruised to a 22-7 victory over the Virginia Tech baseball team on Tuesday night in a nonconference game at English Field.

Tom Stoffel and Ryan Tufts each drove in a pair of runs, while Saige Jenco crossed the plate two times to lead the Hokies attack.

Liberty starter Geoffrey Murphy (1-1) picked up the win, while the Hokies’ Andrew McDonald suffered the loss and is now 1-2 on the year.

How the runs were scored

  • Liberty (12-6) plated three runs in the first, three runs in the second and seven in the third to take a 13-0 lead. Andrew Yacyk drove in four during the stretch, Payton Scarbrough had three, as did Will Shepherd, who have five RBIs on the night.
  • Tech (10-8) cut into the deficit with a single run in the home half of the third and six in the fourth. Jenco and Grant Maiorana knocked in single runs before Stoffel hit a two-run double and Tufts added a two-RBI single.
  • The Flames used a four spot in the seventh and five in the ninth to secure the win.

Inside the Box

  • Jenco: 2 runs, sixth multi-run game of the season, 24th of his career; registered his 150th career hit at Tech.
  • Maiorana: with single in the second, extended reached base streak to 14 straight games.
  • Stoffel: 2 hits, seventh multi-hit game of the season, 13th of his career; 2 RBIs, team-leading seventh multi-RBI game of the season and career.
  • Sciretta: with walk in third, extended on-base streak to all 18 games this year.
  • Tufts: 2 RBIs, second multi-RBI game of the season, fourth of his career.
  • Ryan Lauria: career-high 4.1 innings pitched; career-high four strikeouts.
  • Culver Hughes: career-high four strikeouts.

Additional Notes

  • Tech ends its 11-game homestand with a 6-5 record.
  • Hokies will play 12 of their next 16 games on the road.

Up next

Tech travels to Atlanta, Georgia for its next ACC series. The Hokies face No. 22 Georgia Tech in a three-game set at Russ Chandler Stadium starting on Friday at 7 p.m.

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