Tufts provides only run in Tech loss

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. Ryan Tufts hit a first-inning solo home run over the left field fence, but that was all the scoring the Virginia Tech offense could muster as Marshall registered a 3-1 victory over the Hokies at Appalachian Power Park Wednesday evening.

Tech (17-14) actually had two hits in the first, with JD Mundy notching a single, but over the last eight frames, the Hokies were held to just two hits, two hit batsmen and one walk.

Marshall (13-14) took a 2-1 lead in the home half of the second, as one run scored on an error and Billy Sager’s RBI single plated Cory Garrastau with the go-ahead run. The Herd added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Tommy Lane.

Inside the box score

  • Jack Owens: failed to reach base in four plate appearances ending his reached base at 21 straight games.
  • Tufts: home run, seventh of the season, 10th of his career.

More Tech notes

  • Hit one home run, its nation-leading 57th of the season – two clear of Wake Forest’s 55 entering the day (who was rained out tonight). The 57 home runs are the most hit by a Tech team since the 2011 squad hit 60. The most home runs hit by the Hokies in a single season as a member of the ACC was 81 back in 2010.
  • Was hit by two pitches in the game to push season total to 57. The Hokies were third in the nation entering the game in HBPs.
  • Turned a double play, the team’s 34th of the season. The Hokies were fifth in the nation entering the game, and tied for the ACC lead.

Up next

  • Tech stays on the road and travels to the state of South Carolina for its next ACC series, a three-game set at No. 4 Clemson starting on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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