Five home runs not enough in loss to visiting Camels

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BLACKSBURG Joe Freiday, Jr. notched the first career multi-home run game for the Hokies, while Virginia Tech baseball belted five total in Tuesday night’s game, but the visiting Campbell Camels hit four of their own and left English Field at Union Park a 15-8 victor.

Tech (14-13) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two frames, with Freiday, Jr.’s first home run of the day – a three-run shot – highlighting a five-run second that also saw Jack Owens and Ryan Tufts hit back-to-back solo home runs.

However, Freiday’s second homer of the day, a solo shot in the fourth, gave Tech a 7-5 lead and from that point on, the Camels outscored Tech 10-1 the rest of the way.

Campbell (12-13) has two guys – Matthew Barefoot and Zach Minnick – each hit a pair of home runs, with Barefoot notching a game-high five RBI.

The game was also part of Military Appreciation Night, as more than 500 Virginia Tech Corps of Cadet members attended the game. The Hokies wore special Stars and Stripes batting gloves and helmet decals (that can be seen on Tufts above). CLICK HERE for a some more information on the night.

Inside the box score

  • Mac Caples: home run, sixth of the season, 10th of his career; two runs scored, fifth multi-run scoring game of the season, ninth of his career.
  • Freiday, Jr.: two home runs, six for the season, nine for his career, first multi-home run game of his career; career-high tying four RBI, done once this season (vs. Niagara, March 7); fourth multi-RBI game of the season, eighth of his career; two runs, second multi-run scoring game of the season, seventh of his career.
  • Stevie Mangrum: double, seventh of the season, eighth of his career.
  • Owens: home run, third of the season and career; two hits, 13th multi-hit game of the season and his career.
  • Kit Scheetz: first start of the season, 31st of his Tech career; three strikeouts, pushing total to 151 in his Tech career.
  • Tom Stoffel: double, seventh of the season, 23rd of his career.
  • Tufts: home run, sixth of the season, ninth of his career; triple, first of the season, second of his career; season-high tying three hits, 12th multi-hit game of the season, 40th of his career.

More Tech notes

  • Hit five home runs (or more) for the fourth time this year – season high is six at Nevada (Feb. 26). The Hokies have now hit 49 for the season, the most hit by the team since the 2013 season when they hit 55, and one more than Wake Forest’s (48), who entered the week as the nation’s leader.

Up next

  • Tech will take a few days off before welcoming the Boston College Eagles to English Field at Union Park for a three-game ACC weekend starting on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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