Hokies give Coach Szefc first win at Tech with 14-6 decision over Oklahoma

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Virginia Tech Hokies pounded out 12 hits and made the most of six Oklahoma Sooners miscues to record their first win of the 2018 season, which is also the first for new head coach John Szefc. The victory comes on the third day of the 19th Annual Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach tournament as the Hokies soundly defeated the Sooners, 14-6, Sunday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field.

Every Tech starter crossed the plate in the contest with Sam Fragale scoring a team-high three times. Leading the Hokies in hits was Jack Owens, as he tied his career-high with a four-hit effort, while Joe Freiday, Jr. tied his career high with a game-high four RBI.

Tech (1-2) scored a combined 11 runs over the third and fourth frames to quickly jump out to a double-digit lead. The Hokies sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs in the third, aided by four Oklahoma (1-3) errors, and batted around in the fourth, with Freiday getting a key two-out, three-RBI double to cap the five-run fourth inning.

Benefiting from the offensive explosion was Dylan Hall, who made his first start in a Tech uniform. He picked up his second career with for the Hokies after tossing 5.0 innings, allowing six hits, one earned run and striking out four.

Additional Notes

  • This was the third meeting between the two programs, as the first since they met at English Field at Union Park on June 2, 2013. The Sooners ending the Hokies season in the NCAA Regional in Blacksburg that year, but Tech holds a 2-1 record in the series.
  • Freshmen position players Zach Kokoska, Jojo Odachowski and Brian Sisson and freshman pitcher Zach Brzykcy all made their collegiate debuts in the win.

Inside the Box

  • Fragale – three runs, second multi-run scoring game of the season, 21st of his career, eighth career game with at least three runs scored; two RBI, second multi-RBI game of the season, 33rd of his career; double, third of the season, 32nd of his career; two sac flies, three for the season – led NCAA with 12 last year.
  • Freiday– stolen base, first of his Tech career; double, first of the season, 13th of his career; four RBI, first multi-RBI game of the season, 10th of his career, third career game with four; two hits, first multi-hit game of the season, 18th of his career.
  • Hall – career-high 5.0 innings pitched; career-high tying four strikeouts, second time.
  • Darion Jacoby – two runs, first multi-run scoring game of his Tech career.
  • Nick Menken – stolen base, second of the season; two RBI, first multi-RBI game of his Tech career.
  • Owens – four hits, fifth career game with at least four hits, 25th career multi-hit game of his Tech career; two runs, 16th career multi-run scoring game of his career; double, first of the season, 17th of his career.
  • Tom Stoffel – two hits, second multi-hit game of the season, 40th of his career.

Up Next

  • On the final day of the 19th Annual Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach, the Hokies (1-2) will face Kansas State (0-3) at Noon. This game will also be played at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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