Tuesday’s sport between the Hokies and the Dukes will air dwell on FloBaseball with protection starting at 4 p.m. Followers might also tune into WRAD-FM 101.7 to hearken to the sport as referred to as by the radio play-by-play voice of Tech baseball, Evan Hughes.
• Tuesday: Jackson Ritchey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Ryan Murphy (0-0, 1.93 ERA)
THREE THINGS TO KNOW
• Hokies Contend in Atlanta: Virginia Tech is keen to hop again within the win column on Tuesday when the Hokies look to show the web page after their hard-fought, ACC-opening collection in Atlanta. Tech almost cashed in two street wins at No. 13 Georgia Tech final weekend, regardless of being unable to protect both of their late-inning leads in opposition to the Yellow Jackets. After shedding their 5-1, mid-game lead on Friday, the Hokies rallied for 3 runs in the course of the ninth inning to regulate the 8-7 benefit, although have been walked off by two run-scoring performs in the course of the backside half of the inning. On Sunday, Virginia Tech battled for 23 mixed doubleheader innings in opposition to Georgia Tech that lasted 9 hours and 11 minutes, coming from 5-1 down via six innings to power extras. There, the Hokies heroically staged two game-saving performs with two outs and runners on third base, charging forward, 6-5, in the course of the 14th inning earlier than succumbing to their second walk-off defeat of the weekend.
• Prospect Watch: Tuesday’s midweek tilt between Virginia Tech and James Madison has the potential to function a regional showcase for 2 of the very best outfielders in faculty baseball. In the course of the offseason, Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) and Chase DeLauter (James Madison) shuffled themselves to the highest of a number of prospect lists which were rating expertise and professional outlook forward of the 2022 MLB Draft in July. Respectively, Cross and DeLauter garnered 5 and 4 2022 Preseason All-American honors, sharing in First Group honors collectively courtesy of D1Baseball and Good Recreation/Rawlings. This season, Cross is already the proprietor of three triples to his identify whereas batting .358, slugging .679 and boasting a .443 on-base share via 12 appearances – hitting safely throughout every of them. DeLauter has mastered related success with the Dukes, posting a .459 batting common and an .811 on-base share throughout 10 of the workforce’s 16 video games. Nonetheless, DeLauter has but to seem for JMU since March 4.
• Midweek Opposition: Separated by a two-hour drive on Interstate 81, Virginia Tech and James Madison will renew their all-time collection for the primary time since 2014 when the groups contested a weird midweek affair. With the Hokies out to the 11-5 lead in the course of the sixth inning in Blacksburg, an influence outage reduce out the stadium lights at English Area, forcing the groups to accept a non-weather associated shortened sport. Because the starting of the 2008 season, the Hokies have received six of their eight conferences in opposition to the Dukes, regardless of trailing the all-time collection by six video games: 32-26. Tech is looking for its first street win at Veterans Memorial Park since 2012 when the Hokies defeated JMU, 6-4, on a Tuesday night. James Madison enters this yr’s tilt using a four-game shedding streak that started with its extra-innings loss to No. 10 Tennessee on March 8. Tuesday can even mark Tech outfielder Conor Hartigan’s return to Harrisonburg following his four-year profession at JMU. Hartigan, who has produced three doubles and a house run for the Hokies this spring, batted .304 throughout his 88-game tenure with the Dukes, accounting for 21 doubles there together with 9 dwelling runs and 54 RBIs.
Virginia Tech will return dwelling to English Area at Atlantic Union Financial institution Park on Friday, March 18, when the Hokies open their three-game ACC collection in opposition to Pitt. First pitch in Blacksburg is scheduled for 4 p.m.