Hurricanes Baseball Reporter
Miami’s fairy tale ride for 14 straight has turned into a nightmare at Blacksburg, Va. this weekend. Miami is now streaking in a downward spiral losing two games convincingly making the doubters believers in how good this team really is or should say is not. Giving up 25 runs on 32 hits does not speak favorably for a #2 team. After a devastating Thursday night loss, you would expect tonight they would come out firing on all cylinders but instead, they came out totally flat offensively and pitching was marginal at best. Karson Ligon met a similar fate as our other Carson not making it to the 4th inning as he made that same walk of shame after delivering 9 runs on nine hits. From the opening inning, the Hokies continued where they left off putting the bat on the ball delivering 4 runs on 4 hits capped off with a 2 RBI HR. Miami was never in the game struggling to even get a base runner in scoring position. As ineffective as our hitting was tonight batting an overall .161, pitching was not any better with the Hokies showcasing their hitting with 10 of their 13 runs coming with two outs. If Miami is going to avoid a SWEEP, they need serious regrouping. Va. Tech is playing like they are #2 and we are the division 2 practice squad providing them the opportunity to pad their hitting and sharpen their pitching skills. Their starter tonight mowed down Miami hitters for 8 innings giving the third-largest crowd to watch a Hokie baseball game a night they will long remember in beating not only a ranked team to capture the series but taking it from the Miami Hurricanes who came to Blacksburg on a 14 game winning streak.
Starting six unchanged in the lineup with Mike Rosario batting 7th playing right, Carlos Perez batting 8th and catching, with Henry Wallen in the 9th slot playing 2nd. Karson Ligon on the hill.
Play-by-play watching the game was difficult tonight due to ESPN not broadcasting the game. Instead, the University was providing a single camera coverage. Whether it was them or my TV, but the picture presentation had a skip with every frame. It made for difficult viewing and hopefully they can rectify the technical problems for tomorrow’s game if ESPN is not providing the coverage
Like last night, the Hokies came charging right out of the gate putting a 4 spot on the board in the first inning. All 4 runs coming with 2 outs ending with an HR with one on.
Miami got one of the runs back in the second with an RBI single by Mike Rosario scoring Jacob who earlier got Miami’s first hit of the night.
By the end of the 4th inning, VT had taken a commanding lead of 9-1 after putting up another 4 runs in the 4th. Through the first 4 innings, Miami’s defensive play was less than desirable not making plays they normally make which in turn resulted in not keeping the game close.
Even with the poor quality of play and their hitters taking batting practice off Karson, our bats remained silent. In the 5th, a leadoff single by Mike Rosario going to second on a throwing error by the shortstop set up our second and last score of the evening with a Henry Wallen single through the left side.
The Hokies answered with two runs in the 5th and added another two in the 8th finishing a 13-2 blowout on 16 hits.
Offensively, there was no offense. The bats have totally cooled off never being a threat the entire night. This was mostly due to their freshman pitcher Drue Hackenberg who kept Miami hitters in check for 8 innings allowing just 5 scattered hits. No extra-base hits tonight and only one player with multiple numbers: Mike Rosario 2-3 (RBI)
One chance left to redeem from what has been a weekend NOT to remember. If it gives us a wakeup call then maybe this has not been a major setback which has been up to now a banner year. As Gino has stated “it is time to turn the page” and move forward rather than confirm what the doubters most feared. It is time to stop reading past headlines on being the Unstoppable Force and realizing the hurt that was handed us over the past two games. Learn from it.
Will see if this takes to heart come 2PM tomorrow.