Nick Anderson is stellar on the mound, but suffers the loss

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BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech starting pitcher Nick Anderson tossed a career-high eight innings and struck out a career-high tying six batters, but a Hokies miscue in the third inning allowed two unearned runs to cross the plate and Binghamton held on for a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at English Field at Union Park.

Anderson scattered six hits and two walks over those eight frames and showed his mettle in the seventh, when a leadoff double turned into a runner on third with just one out. Anderson struck out the next two batters and tossed a perfect eighth to keep the Hokies within striking distance.

However, it was Anderson who picked up the only Tech RBI in the contest, as he plated Ryan Tufts with a two-out single to center in the fourth. Twice Sam Fragale looked to tie the score with the long ball only to see the Bearcats make the play on the warning track.

Tech also threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Garrett Hudson doubled with two outs - the Hokies' only extra-base hit of the game. Joe Freiday, Jr. followed with a single through the left side, but Binghamton left fielder Darian Herncane threw out Hudson trying to score to end the threat.

Inside the box score

  • Anderson: RBI, second on the team with 13; career-high eight innings pitched, previous high was 6.0 last week at Nevada (2/26); career-high tying six strikeouts, last done at West Virginia (5/15/16); lowered his ERA to 1.59, a team-best for Hokies with at least 10 innings pitched.
  • Hudson: double, second of the year, fifth of his career.
  • Stevie Mangrum: walk, his team-leading eighth of the year.
  • Jack Owens: single, his team-leading 24th hit of the season.
  • Tom Stoffel: first collegiate appearance on the mound for Tech; struck out the side for the first time in his career.
  • Tufts: run scored, his team-leading 18th run scored of the year.

More Tech notes

  • Turned another double play, now have 17 for the season. The Hokies were seventh in the country entering the weekend in double plays turned.

Up next

  • The Hokies conclude their six-game homestand by welcoming Niagara to English Field at Union Park on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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