The Tigers remained red-hot, following up their 13-6 win at No.8 Coastal with a 15-4 drubbing of the Hokies, avenging last year's 18-6 season-ending loss to VA Tech in the ACC Tournament. The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st on a 2-out HR by Taylor, who has been red-hot over the last week. It was his 4th HR of the season. Darden quickly gave up the lead with a leadoff walk on full count and a 2-run HR in the bottom half. The Hokies added another run to make it 3-1, and they took a 4-1 lead in the 4th on a 2-out wild pitch by Lindley. However, the Tigers responded in the 5th with an 8-run barrage, scoring 6 runs on 6 consecutive hits with 2 outs, to take a 9-4 lead.
Cannarella led off the 6th with a HR, and the Tigers added 3 runs in the 7th and 2 runs in the 8th to make it 14 unanswered runs for the 15-4 win. The Tigers walked just once but combined for 20 hits. They used 7 pitchers, and the bullpen was outstanding. Tallent, Reid, Lindley, Dill, Garris and Olenchuk combined for 7.1 innings and allowed just one run. Amick was 3-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI's, Cannarella was 2-5 with a HR, double and 4 RBI's and Bertram was 4-5 with a double and 2 RBI's. I mentioned on Sunday that Wright seemed to break out of his slump, and he went 2-4 with an RBI after 2 walks at Coastal. Crighton also continued to hit well, going 2-3. All 9 of the Tigers' starters had at least one hit, and 8 had multiple hits!
The Tigers have won 11 of their last 12, averaging 8.6 runs per game over that stretch! They have also won 10 of their last 11 away from home. They will look to clinch their 6th straight ACC series on Saturday!
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