March 24, 2016
Hokies fall in first game of series to Notre Dame
Ryan Tufts with third straight multi-hit contest in 16-4 defeat
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BLACKSBURG – In the first game of the ACC series at English Field at Union Park, the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish scored in the first five innings and cruised to a 16-4 victory over the Virginia Tech baseball team on Thursday night.

Ryan Tufts notched his third straight multi-hit contest, and the fourth in five games, and also scored a run, while Nick Anderson registered a two-RBI game to lead Tech offensively.

Notre Dame’s Ryan Smoyer improved to 2-3 for the season after throwing eight innings, while the Hokies’ Packy Naughton dropped his overall record to 2-3 as well.

Of Note: Virginia Tech honored Union Bank & Trust CEO Billy Beale on the field before the game during a special ceremony. Earlier this week, Tech announced a partnership and $3.5 million gift from Union Bank & Trust, which will be used for upgrades to what is now known as English Field at Union Park. CLICK HERE to see the full release of the partnership. CLICK HERE to see a photo gallery of the pregame activities.

How the runs were scored

  • Notre Dame (10-10, 2-5 ACC) used a solo home run by Jake Shepski to open the scoring in the first frame.
  • Tech (10-13, 1-6 ACC) answered in the home half of the first with Anderson singling home Saige Jenco, who also reached by a single.
  • The Fighting Irish followed with six runs in the second, three runs in the third, five in the fourth and one in the fifth to open a 16-1 lead. Shepski highlighted the offensive attack for the Irish, hitting two more home runs – both three-run shots – and collecting a two-RBI triple.
  • The Hokies ended their drought on an RBI sacrifice fly from Anderson that scored Tufts in the sixth. In the seventh, Joe Freiday, Jr. hit a solo home run and Phil Sciretta scored an unearned run in the eighth to complete the scoring.

Inside the Box

  • Tufts: 2 hits, fifth multi-hit game of the season, 16th of his career.
  • Anderson: 2 RBIs, fourth multi-RBI game of the season.
  • Freiday, Jr.: home run, the first of his collegiate career.
  • Fragale: 2 hits, fifth multi-hit game of the season, ninth of his career.
  • Garrett Hudson: pinch-hit single, the second of the season, third of his career.
  • Chris Monaco: 4.2 innings pitched, a season and career high (4.0, Liberty, March 17, 2015); 4 strikeouts, a season and career-high (3, 2x, last March 27, 2015 at Florida State); pitched the last three frames scoreless.

Up next

The two teams will continue their ACC series with the second game of the set at English Field at Union Park scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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