No. 5 Hokies rally for 15 unanswered runs against Villanova




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W: Jonah Hurney (4-1)
L: Cabbage Patten (3-7)

BLACKBURG – With 15 unanswered runs Saturday night, the No. 5 baseball team from Virginia Tech cranked up the Heat after their slow start against Villanova as the Hokies thundered to the 15-5 off-conference win at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park.

Second short stop Tanner Schobel recorded the second four game of his collegiate career and led Tech offensively with his 4-on-5 game that included two RBIs and a stolen base. Nick Bidison batted in three runs and scored twice himself during his 2-on-5 evening Edward Malinowski, Lucas Donlon and Carson DeMartini Each produced multi-hit performances from the bottom third of the Hokies’ lineup.

After Saturday’s first pitch of the game was delayed five hours due to persistent afternoon rain, Virginia Tech (32-10) struggled early to find its form, falling to a 5-0 hole after less than two innings . The Hokies failed to cross the plate in the first four offensive innings, but hit gold in the bottom of the fifth inning and rallied for the first of two six-run frames that sent Tech on his winning streak.

Villanova (17-23-1) carved his success against right starters Griffin Green, who was charged for the five runs that returned the Hokies. Chris Rotondo hit a homer with two runs from Green five pitches into the ballgame while the Wildcats went on three more runs in the second inning and scored on a miss Gavin Cross and a two-RBI single from Jack O’Reilly.

Donlon’s second single of the night set the wheels in motion for Tech’s fifth inning with six runs that transferred momentum to the Hokies. DeMartini and Biddison followed with back-to-back colorful singles – Biddison led Tech’s first run when catcher Will Reiner accidentally missed O’Reilly on first base, allowing Donlon to score from second base.

Cross and Schobel ended Villanova starter Tyler Arella’s day by pulling RBI singles through the right and left sides, respectively, and later manifesting the sequence with a double steal against reliever Cole Patten. Conor Hartigan (RBI Single) and Cade Hunter (RBI Groundout) continued to drive during their subsequent at-bats in the game-changing runs while Malinowski smashed the RBI green double into right field that put Tech ahead 6-5.

Jonah Hurney blanked out the Wildcats while racking up nine outs from 11 hitters en route to his fourth relief win of the 2022 season. Hurney made his way into the sixth inning where he was sacked Graham Firovedwho hit the side with one-hit shutout pitching on his way to six strikeouts and three innings.

Hunter unleashed his team as a co-leader on the 14th home run at the bottom of the seventh inning, sparking a six-run, two-out rally for the Hokies. Tech benefited from three defensive errors from Villanova and cracked double digits when Biddison’s booming flyball bounced off the left-center wall for a two-RBI triple – his first of the season.

The Hokies added three runs without scoring in the eighth inning to secure scoring earlier RyanMetz Kill the wildcats to complete the game.


Cade Hunters The solo home run during the seventh inning marked Virginia Tech’s 85th home run of the 2022 season and set the program’s ACC-era one-year record. The Hokies’ 85 home runs in the 2022 season is the most the program has hit since the 1988 season (140 home runs).


No. 5 Virginia Tech plays for the weekend sweep of Villanova on Sunday, May 8th. The first pitch between the Hokies and the Wildcats is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park.

Gallery: (07/05/2022) BSB: Villanova game 1

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