4/16 baseball

Christian Martin (3) bats against Georgia Tech, April. 16 2023

The Virginia Tech baseball team (23–14, 10–10 ACC) fell in their series finale against Florida State (14–25, 5–16 ACC) on Sunday, 4–3. Despite the loss, the Hokies still took the series, winning the first two games. This series marked the Hokies’ third ACC series victory of the season. 

The pitching shined for both teams on Sunday, with no runs being scored in the final five innings. Carson Montgomery started the game for the Seminoles, pitching the first four innings and giving up the three runs to the Hokies. Jamie Arnold, who was awarded the win, and Doug Kirkland, who picked up the two-inning save, pitched two innings each and gave up no runs.

The Hokies’ pitching staff was solid as well, especially since they were missing one of their starting pitchers this weekend: Griffin Green. Tech started Jonah Hurney, who is typically known for his work out of the bullpen. He threw the first three innings and gave up three runs. Jacob Exum pitched the next three and a third innings and only gave up one run, but he was tagged with the loss since it ended up being the winning run.

Florida State scored the first three runs on Sunday with an RBI single from McGwire Holbrook in the first inning, then a two-run home run from James Tibbs III in the third.

The Hokies caught up quickly, scoring three runs in the fourth inning. RBI singles from Clay Grady and Carson DeMartini tied the game up at three.

However, the tie did not last long as DeAmez Ross hit a single to score Nander De Sedas to put the Seminoles up 4–3, which was the final score. 

The Hokies are now 10–10 in ACC play, still near the middle of the coastal division. The Hokies will host James Madison on April 25 in their midweek game.

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