newsvirginia tech outslugs 5 virginia 12 10 to even weekend series at a game apiece

Virginia Tech outslugs #5 Virginia, 12-10, to even weekend series at a game apiece

Chris Graham
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Virginia Tech got out to a big early lead, then held off a late rally from #5 Virginia in a 12-10 win on Saturday that evened the teams’ weekend series.

The Hokies (16-10, 3-8 ACC) led 6-1 after two and 11-4 going into the fifth, knocking around UVA starter Connelly Early (6-1, 3.26 ERA), who gave up six runs on five hits in two innings of work.

The Cavaliers made a game of it late, scoring four in the ninth, and bringing the tying run to the plate, before Casey Saucke struck out swinging to end it.

Ethan O’Donnell recorded his second four-hit game of the season for Virginia (24-3, 8-3 ACC) after a 4-for-5 effort at the plate on Saturday. In two games this weekend against Virginia Tech, O’Donnell is 6-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.

Jake Gelof hit his ninth home run of the season and 34th of his career to move into sole possession of fourth place on UVA’s all-time home run list.

Gelof has homered in eight-straight ACC series dating back to last season.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].