GAME 2 | Virginia Tech 3, Toledo 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. —The Virginia Tech Hokies rallied to score one in the ninth inning and walked it off with sophomore Nick Biddison at the plate to pick up the 3-2 win over the Toledo Rockets Saturday.
Sophomore Graham Firoved (3-0) picked up the victory out of the bullpen for Virginia Tech (26-17). The right-hander went 1.1 shutout innings while giving up one hit, allowing one walk and striking out four. Junior Anthony Simonelli also made an impact on the mound for the Hokies, starting the ballgame and throwing 7.2 innings, giving up two runs, all earned, on three hits, with three walks and eight strikeouts.
At the plate, the Hokies were paced by senior Tanner Thomas, who went 3-for-3 on the day with a double, a home run, a walk and an RBI. Freshman Cade Swisher furnished a noteworthy effort as well, going 1-for-1 with a double. Freshman Gavin Cross also helped out for Virginia Tech, putting together one hit in four trips to the plate while adding an RBI.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hokies were trailing 2-0 in the seventh inning when they first put runs on the board. Thomas put Virginia Tech on the board with a leadoff home run off sophomore Kyle Jones.
The Hokies kept the Rockets off the board before tying it up in the eighth. Virginia Tech scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Cross, which brought the score level at 2-2.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the ninth, when Virginia Tech walked it off when freshman Fritz Genther came across to score.
» Thomas compiled three base hits in the game for Virginia Tech.
» Simonelli struck out eight Rockets hitters.
» The Hokies power output was led by Thomas, who had two extra base hits in the ballgame.
» The Virginia Tech pitching staff combined to strike out 12 Toledo hitters.
» Virginia Tech’s highest scoring inning was the ninth, when it pushed one run across.
» Simonelli put together 7.2 innings of two-run ball for the Hokies.
» The Hokies out-hit the Rockets at a 7-4 clip.
» Virginia Tech pitchers limited Toledo to just 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
» Virginia Tech pitchers faced 36 Toledo hitters in the game, allowing five ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out 12.
» Thomas led the Hokies at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and an RBI.
» Toledo was led offensively by sophomore Darryn Davis, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI.
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