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W: Christian Worley (1-0)
l: Billy Barlow (2-4)

CHARLOTTE, NC Announcing its post-season presence on Thursday night, the Virginia Tech number two baseball team hammered six home runs to run away from twelfth-seeded Clemson, 18-6, in the Hokies’ first pool game of the 2022 ACC Baseball Championship. Truist Field.

Tech veterans Nick Biddison and Carson Jones combined for a pair of multi-home run nights as Virginia Tech (41-11) set the program record for most runs scored in an ACC tournament game. Gavin Cross and Tanner Schobel united with Biddison in the third inning to swing the Hokies’ first set of back-to-back-to-back home runs since 2017, paired with Jones to deliver Tech’s first four-home run during his ACC term.

When the fireworks ended, sophomore right-hander Christian Worley inherited the Hokies’ 10-6 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning and retired each of the next 10 batters he faced. Worley took the first win of his collegiate career, striking out three batters before his performance was halted by a 53-minute rain delay in the bottom of the seventh.

Tech’s top four batters in their lineup went 10-for-19, had seven extra-base hits, scored eight runs and earned 11 RBI’s. Biddison tied his career high with five RBIs, doubling in one run for his two home runs; Cross (3-for-6) finished a double shortly before hitting the cycle and Schobel went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and a sacrifice fly, who also scored on a wild pitch.

Jack Hurley put the Hokies on top in the first inning, a single in Biddison after he and Schobel walked against Tigers starter Billy Barlow. Tech got an infield error during the top of the second inning to put the first two batters ahead, increasing the lead to 3-0 on Biddison’s RBI double and an RBI groundout by Cross.

Ryan Metz pitched a perfect first inning for the Hokies, although he gave up a two-run homerun to Blake Wright in the bottom of the second inning, tightening the game. However, Tech responded with a rally of epic proportions in the third inning, pulling out his iconic homerun hammer four times to take the 10-2 lead.

With two outs, Jones delivered a two-run blast to rightfield to circle the bases for the sixth time (soon to be seventh) in his last five games. After Donlon had extended the inning with a walk, Carson DeMartinic knocked him into scoring position before Biddison brought them all home and bounced a three-run homer from the top of the wall into right field.

Two pitches later, Cross hit his 14th home run of the season, but got a lead from Schobel, who hit a 437-foot shot into left field for his team leader, 17th homer of the year.

Max Wagner the ACC Player of the Year 2022 and Camden Troyer each managed to hit two home runs for Clemson (35-23), reducing the Hokies’ lead to 10-6. Tech drove into Worley’s security on the mound and scored two runs in the fifth and seventh inning, then added four insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to put the game out of reach.

REMARKABLE

Thursday’s ACC tournament play marked the fourth time of Gavin Cross and Tanner Schobel hitting back-to-back home runs this season. The pair of Hokies did so in North Carolina (April 1, twice), at Boston College (April 22) and against Clemson (May 26).
Tech’s six home runs in Thursday’s game are the most the Hokies have hit in the ACC tournament.
Thursday’s win marked Tech’s first post-season win under the fifth-year head coach John Szefc and the Hokies’ first ACC tournament win since 2013.

NEXT ONE

No. 2 Virginia Tech will play its final in Pool A on Friday, May 27 at 7:00 PM when the Hokies face eighth seeded North Carolina. Tech can win Group A and a place in Saturday’s ACC semifinal round with a win against the Tar Heels.

Gallery: (5-26-2022) BSB: ACC Championship Game 1 vs. Clemson

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