May 13, 2016
Tech opens final home series with loss to Wake Forest
Sam Fragale hits two-run home run, scores three times in 12-6 loss
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BLACKSBURG – In its final ACC home series of the 2016 season, the Virginia Tech baseball team lost the first game to the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons, who combined to hit five home runs, 12-6 Friday evening at English Field at Union Park.

Each team had 11 hits, of which six went for extra bases, however the Hokies only managed one home run – a Sam Fragale two-run blast – while they had five doubles, two notched by Ryan Tufts.

It was the middle three frames where Wake Forest did its damage, scoring nine runs over the fourth through sixth innings, turning a 3-3 contest into a commanding Demon Deacon lead.

Parker Dunshee picked up the win for Wake and improved to 8-3 on the season, while Kit Scheetz suffered the loss and is now 5-5.

How the runs were scored

  • Virginia Tech (18-32, 5-20 ACC) scored a single run in each of the first three frames, with Tom Stoffel (double), Garrett Hudson (single) and Nick Anderson (double) all knocking in one run each.
  • Wake Forest (30-19, 12-13 ACC) was held scoreless in the first, but answered each of Tech’s run scoring frames with scoring innings of its own – all on home runs. In the second Gavin Sheetz hit a two-run home run and Johnny Aiello added a solo shot in the third. Keegan Maronpot’s three-run homer in the fourth put the Demon Deacons ahead 6-3.
  • The Demon Deacons added another two-run home run in the fifth – this one was hit by Stuart Fairchild – and then put four on the board in the sixth – a two-RBI single by Fairchild and a two-run home run by Will Craig.
  • Tech’s Fragale smacked a two-run home run in the seventh and scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to finish off Tech’s scoring.

Inside the box score

  • Saige Jenco: walk, team-leading 37th of the season, 99th of his career.
  • Tufts: two doubles, team-leading 14 for the season, 21 for his career; 2 hits, 15th multi-hit game of the season, 26th of his career.
  • Stoffel: double, 13th of the season, 15th of his career;
  • Sciretta: double, 10th of the season, 12th of his career;
  • Anderson: double, 12th of the season and his career, 2 hits, 16th multi-hit game of the season and his career.
  • Fragale: home run, team-leading sixth of the season, seventh of his career; 2 RBIs, ninth multi-RBI game of the season, 11th of his career; career-high tying 3 runs, seventh multi-run scoring game of the season, ninth of his career.
  • Hudson: double, second of the season and his career, 2 hits, third multi-hit game of the season and his career.

Up next

The two teams will continue their ACC series at English Field at Union Park with Game 2 set for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday.

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