Alford’s 8-strikeout showing leads Virginia Tech over Toledo 7-1 – VT hokiesports.com

GAME 1 | Virginia Tech 7, Toledo 1
BLACKSBURG, Va. —Senior Peyton Alford was mowing people down on Saturday, punching out eight Toledo hitters over 5.2 innings of work to help lead the Virginia Tech Hokies over the Rockets 7-1.

In addition to his eight strikeouts, Alford (2-4) tossed 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits and walking three for Virginia Tech (25-17). Senior Jaison Heard also made an impact on the mound for the Hokies, throwing 3.1 shutout innings while allowing no hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.

At the plate, the Hokies were led by freshman TJ Rumfield, who went 1-for-2 on the day with a home run, three walks and two RBIs. Freshman Gavin Cross compiled a noteworthy performance at the dish as well, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk. Senior Tanner Thomas also chipped in for Virginia Tech, putting together two hits in three trips to the plate while adding a walk and two RBIs.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hokies got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the bottom the first inning with the game still scoreless. Thomas’ run-scoring single highlighted a two-run inning for Virginia Tech.

The Rockets then gained ground, narrowing the lead to 2-1 until the Hokies expanded their advantage in the third. Virginia Tech scored twice on Rumfield’s two-run homer, which brought the score to 4-1 in favor of the Hokies.

Virginia Tech kept Toledo without a run before expanding their lead to 5-1 the following inning.

Virginia Tech held the Rockets scoreless before their offense got things moving the next inning. The Hokies sent home a run on freshman Carson Jones’ two-out RBI double, bringing the Virginia Tech advantage to 6-1.

The Hokies kept Toledo off the scoreboard before building on their lead to 7-1 the following inning. Cross came across to score the lone run of the inning for Virginia Tech and get them on the board. The score remained 7-1 for the rest of the game, as the Hokies coasted to the win.

GAME NOTES
» Alford struck out eight Rockets hitters.
» Every Virginia Tech starter reached base safely in the win.
» Virginia Tech’s highest scoring inning was the third, when it pushed two runs across.
» Virginia Tech grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.
» The Hokies out-hit the Rockets at an 8-4 clip.
» The Hokies swiped six bases as a team.
» Virginia Tech pitchers limited Toledo to just 1-for-9 (.111) with runners in scoring position.
» Virginia Tech pitchers faced 35 Toledo hitters in the game, allowing seven ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out 11.
» The Hokies drew 10 walks from Toledo pitching.
» Rumfield led the Hokies at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.
» Toledo was led offensively by freshman Scott MacKiewicz, who went 1-for-3 with a double.
» Sophomore Cal McAninch led the Rockets pitching staff, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings.

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