April 5, 2016
Hokies fall in slugfest with William & Mary
Saige Jenco with career-high tying four hits adds three RBIs in 12-8 loss
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BLACKSBURG – Entering the sixth frame, the Virginia Tech baseball team was tied with its in-state visitors William & Mary at 2-2. The game quickly turned into a slugfest with the Tribe outpacing the Hokies the rest of the way and picking up the 12-8 victory at English Field at Union Park in nonconference action on Tuesday night.

Saige Jenco, who tied a career-high with a four-hit evening, put Tech up in the bottom of the sixth, 6-5, capping a four-run frame with a two-RBI single that plated Matt Dauby and Joe Freiday, Jr., his second run of the game.

William & Mary, though, reclaimed the lead in the seventh with three runs and added four more insurance runs in the eighth to get the win.

Out of the bullpen, Charlie Fletcher earned the win on the mound and improved to 2-1, while Tech’s Chris Monaco suffered his first loss of the season.

Of Note: The game was part of Tech baseball's annual Military Appreciation game - CLICK HERE for more information about the night.

How the runs were scored

  • Tech (10-20) got two on the board in the second with four singles. Grant Maiorana led off the frame with a hit and moved to third on Joe Freiday, Jr.’s one-out hit. Saige Jenco then beat out an infield grounder that scored Maiorana and Freiday, Jr. raced home on a Tribe error after Ryan Tufts also notched an infield single.
  • William & Mary (15-12) cut its deficit in half in the third on Josh Smith’s fifth home run of the season, a solo shot down the left field line.
  • The Tribe tied the game in the fifth when Hunter Smith was hit by a pitch, stole second and moved to third on a fly out to center. He scored on Kyle Wrighte’s grounder. Charley Gould gave the Tribe their first lead of the game on a three-run home run.
  • The Hokies answered with four runs with Dauby and Freiday, Jr. picking up RBI singles before Jenco brought them both home with his own single.
  • An error allowed two unearned runs to score in the seventh and Wrighte capped a four-run eighth with a two-RBI double that gave his team a 12-7 advantage.
  • Tech’s Sam Fragale (RBI single in seventh) and Grant Maiorana (sacrifice fly in ninth) provided the final two runs for the Hokies.

Inside the Box

  • Jenco: career-high tying 4 hits, 10th multi-hit game of the season, 46th of his career; only other four-hit game, vs. Pittsburgh, March 14, 2014; 3 RBIs, second multi-RBI game of season, 11th of his career; last 3-RBI game, May 5, 2015 vs. West Virginia (a career-high six).
  • Nick Anderson: 2 runs, first multi-run scoring game of his career, 2.0 innings pitched, season and career high; 3 strikeouts, season and career high.
  • Fragale: 2 hits, sixth multi-hit game of the season, 10th of his career.
  • Freiday, Jr.: 2 hits, second multi-hit game of the season, fourth of his career; 2 runs, third multi-run scoring game of season, fourth of his career.
  • Connor Coward: 5.1 innings pitched, season and career high (previous high was 5.0, twice, last vs. Appalachian State, April 28, 2015).

Up next

The Hokies head back out on the road for their next ACC series. They travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to face the 11th-ranked Tar Heels in a three-game set that begins on Friday at 7 p.m.

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