April 15, 2016
Tech registers third walk-off victory of the season
Freiday, Jr.'s RBI single in ninth lifts Hokies to 5-4 win over Pitt
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BLACKSBURG – With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Joe Freiday, Jr. smacked an RBI single to center field to score Phil Sciretta and give the Virginia Tech baseball team a 5-4 win over the Pitt Panthers in ACC action Friday night at English Field at Union Park.

Trailing for most of the game, the Panthers tied the game in the top of the ninth on a one-out single, which chased Tech starter Kit Scheetz, who was trying to record his first collegiate complete game.

Out of the bullpen, Cole Kragel got the final two outs of the frame before Freiday’s heroics in the home half. For Kragel, it’s his second straight ACC win in relief and improves to 2-1 on the season, while Pitt’s Tyler Garbee suffered the loss and is now 0-2.

How the runs were scored

  • Tech (12-23, 3-13 ACC) didn’t waste time getting on the board, using a leadoff double by Saige Jenco followed by an RBI single by Tom Stoffel to plate the game’s first run in the first inning.
  • Pitt (15-14, 6-9 ACC) used a leadoff double by Alex Kowalczyk in the second to help tie the game, as he scored two batters later on a grounder to short.
  • The Panthers took a brief 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth, with Kowalczyk notching an RBI single and Frank Maldonado registering his second RBI of the game with a triple.
  • The Hokies responded with three of their own in the home half, with Jenco plating Ryan Tufts with his second hit of the night and Stoffel driving in Matt Dauby and Jenco with a single.
  • Aaron Schnurbusch singled home Maldonado in the top of the ninth to tie the game again before Tech walked off in the bottom of the inning.

Inside the Box

  • Jenco: doubled in first at-bat, the sixth straight game he has reached base to leadoff the Hokies in the first; it was his fifth double of the season, 23rd of his career; 2 hits, 11th multi-hit game of the season, 47th of his career; 2 runs, seventh multi-run scoring game of the season, 25th of his career.
  • Stoffel: 2 hits, eighth multi-hit game of the season, 14th of his career; 3 RBIs, eighth multi-RBI game of the season and career.
  • Sciretta: 3 hits, 15th multi-hit game of the season, 33rd of his career; fifth game this season, sixth of his career with at least three hits; one hit shy of 100 for his Tech career; game-winning run, tied for the season team-lead with three, fourth of his career.
  • Nick Anderson: career-high five hits, seventh multi-hit game of the season and career; previous high was a four-hit game vs. Quinnipiac on March 5.
  • Sam Fragale: single in the ninth, extending his reached base streak to a career-long 14 straight games.
  • Freiday, Jr.: game-winning RBI, first of his career.
  • Scheetz: career-high 8.1 IP; previous high was 7.0 IP (four times, last at North Carolina, April 8, 2016); quality start, fifth of the season, 13th of his career; 5 strikeouts, fourth straight game with at least five, sixth game this season and 11th time in his career; Went over 150.0 innings pitched for his Tech career.
  • Kragel: second ACC win of season, joins Justin Wright (3, 2008), Mathew Price (2, 2009) and Luke Scherzer (2, 2014) as the only true freshman with multiple wins in ACC play; inherited his team-leading 15th runner of the season, but did not let him score.

Additional Notes

  • Tech turned its 22nd double play of the year in the game, the sixth with Scheetz on the mound.
  • Hokies have now beaten Pitt four straight games in Blacksburg, as they beat the Panthers in all three meetings back in 2014.
  • Tech has now won five straight games on April 15, which now includes three straight in the ACC. The last four have all been by one run. They are also 25-7 at home on the date.
  • When scoring a run in the first inning, the Hokies are now 8-3, and 10-4 when they score first.
  • Hokies also walked off against Radford (March 1) and Quinnipiac (March 5), and have 11 in their history under head coach Patrick Mason.

Up next

Tech will return to the field to face the Panthers in the second game of the three-game ACC series on Saturday with first pitch from English Field at Union Park set for 1 p.m.

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