April 28, 2016
Hokies head north for ACC series at Boston College
Game Notes (PDF): CLICK HERE
Live Stats: all three games - CLICK HERE
Live Audio: online - all three games CLICK HERE
Live Audio: radio - all three games on SuperSports 101.7 FM

The weekend series: The Hokies will travel above the Mason-Dixon line for the first and only time this season as they head to Massachusetts for a three-game ACC series at Boston College that starts on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The series features head coaches who were both assistants under former Virginia Tech head coach Pete Hughes. BC’s Mike Gambino was in Blacksburg during the 2007 to 2010 seasons, while Tech’s Patrick Mason was an assistant from 2011 through 2013.

History versus the Eagles: The series between the two schools began in 2001 back in the BIG EAST. After both joined the ACC, the Eagles won 6 of the first 7 before Tech has taken control of the series, winning 12 of 15, including 9 of the last 10 and three in a row. However, BC does hold an edge in home games, holding a 10-5 record.

Epic comeback for the Hokies: In Tuesday night’s win at Liberty, Tech matched its biggest deficit overcome to win a game (since joining the ACC), but notched the largest deficit ever overcome entering the eighth frame. On March 14, 2014, the Hokies trailed Pitt 10-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, and came back to win, 11-10. Two other comebacks that are notable include trailing by four (7-3) entering the ninth in a March 9, 2012 game at Virginia - the Hokies won 10-8 in 11 innings and an April 8, 2005 game versus James Madison, down 9-2 entering the bottom of the seventh and won 13-9 (scoring 4-3-4 in the 7th-8th-9th).

Jenco getting the offense started: This season, Saige Jenco has reached base to start the Hokies’ first inning 20 times (in 37 starts) and has reached base at some point in a game in every start this season, except one. The 20 times also includes 11 times in the last 15 games. However, after scoring a run six of the first seven times he reached base in the first frame (Tech was 5-2 in those games which included winning the first four), Jenco has only crossed the plate four times in the last 15.

Kragel gets rare freshman wins: Freshman relief pitcher Cole Kragel became just the ninth Hokie true freshman to pick up a win in ACC play when he finished off the victory at UNC on April 10. Those nine freshmen did it 13 times, with five victories coming from starters and eight picked up by relievers, which includes his teammates Luke Scherzer (2 in 2014), Connor Coward (1 in 2015) and Chris Monaco (1 in 2015). Packy Naughton won a game as a starter last year at Duke.

With his relief win versus Pitt on April 15, Kragel joined Scherzer and Mathew Price (2 as a starter in 2009) as multiple winners in ACC games as true freshmen, while Justin Wright (2 as a starter and 1 in relief) holds the record for most ACC wins by a true freshman with three.

For updates on Virginia Tech baseball, follow the Hokies on Twitter

HokieSports Shop