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Bucs buried by Virginia Tech's nine-run second inning

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 18, 2020 at 10:10 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va.—Thirteen trips to the plate, nine runs, four hits and four walks.

Those were the numbers put up by Virginia Tech in the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday, anchoring the Hokies’ 10-3 non-conference baseball win over East Tennessee State.

Playing in their first road game of the season, the Bucs (3-1) retired Virginia Tech’s first second-inning batter on a groundout — then the home team got in gear.

Kevin Madden walked and eventually came home on a fielder’s choice, a throwing error pushed two runs across the plate and Fritz Genther scored on a double steal.

Three batters later, Spencer Palmer deposited a two-run single into right field. From there, Madden returned to the batter’s box and unloaded a three-run home run to left for a 9-0 Virginia Tech lead.

Charged with all nine of those runs, Bucs starter Colby Stuart (0-1) was pulled after 1 2/3 innings. Just one run was earned, however, as the final eight came with two outs.

The first ETSU run came about in the third when Drew Haynie, who had dented a lead-off single for his first career hit, raced home on Noah Hill’s two-out double. But the climb facing the Bucs was way too steep.

Carson Taylor belted a sixth-inning homer to put V-Tech (1-2) back up by nine runs. The Bucs’ Ben Jackson scored on a single and three-base error in the seventh. An inning later, Hill doubled before a Jake Lyle single sent him across the plate.

The Hokies totaled 10 hits in the game with Gavin Cross accounting for three and Genther two.

Seven Virginia Tech pitchers were used and they combined for 13 strikeouts, including six from starter Ian Seymour (1-0). Working three innings, Seymour allowed a run on two hits before Peyton Alford struck out five of the seven batters he faced.

Jackson, Hill and Lyle produced two hits apiece for the Bucs, who finished with seven in that category.

ETSU’s Tucker Rogers supplied quality middle relief, yielding a run over 4 1/3 innings. He amassed five strikeouts.

The Bucs return to action this Friday at Thomas Stadium, hosting Rider for a 4 p.m. matchup.

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