Bad ninth inning seals Tech’s fate

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Oklahoma scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Virginia Tech 10-4 and win the Blacksburg Regional on Sunday evening.  The Hokies finished the season with a 40-22 record.

Tech trailed just 4-3 heading into the ninth, but two errors in the top frame of that inning helped the Sooners push across six late runs.  Hokie starter Eddie Campbell went 5.2 innings and allowed five hits and four runs.  However, only two of his runs were earned, and he did a good job keeping his team in the game for the second consecutive week.

The Hokies led this game 2-0 after five innings.  Ryan Burns knocked in Chad Morgan in the second inning, and Andrew Rash hit an opposite field solo homer in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead.

Oklahoma finally got to Eddie Campbell in the sixth inning, plating four runs in that frame.  However, two Tech errors in the inning created much of the damage.  The Hokies came back to cut the lead to 4-3 heading into the ninth, but that’s when the wheels came off defensively.

Tech did manage to tack on a run in the bottom of the ninth, and had the bases loaded with two outs, but Tyler Horan flew out to end the game.

Overall, it was a very good season for Virginia Tech baseball.  Out of 296 Division I teams, the Hokies were one of the final 32 remaining.  Tech will have to replace most of the middle of their lineup, as well as two of their three starting pitchers, before next season begins.

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  1. What are the plans to provide the Tech baseball team with a ballpark competitive with other ACC and SEC teams?

    1. we didn’t even come close to filling up the stadium on Saturday under perfect baseball conditions
      if the fans come to the games the stadium would be a no brainer
      as for now it is a great field and a nice park to play ball in-just not a stadium that needs any more seats at this time

  2. Great season. I am thrilled to see the Hokie Baseball team seemingly on the right track. I look forward to next year and beyond.

    Thanks to the baseball team…sorry it had to end , but that doesn’t diminish what was accomplished!

  3. Too many errors and not enough clutch hitting. If Pinder, Zagurski, and /or Horan come back we could be back in the NCAAs next year. Markey and Burke could get drafted also. Ouch.

  4. Thank you to the Hammerin’ Hokies for giving me something to watch and cheer for in June. It was great fun!

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