Tech baseball to complete road swing Tuesday at JMU

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Written By Chris

BLACKSBURG – Finishing its first street swing of the 2022 season, the Virginia Tech baseball workforce (10-4) will search a return to successful type on Tuesday, March 15, when Tech pays in-state foe James Madison (8-8) a go to at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg.
 
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.
 

 
PROBABLE STARTERS
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.

UP NEXT

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.

 

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