35-13-1, 16-8-1 ACC
34-11, 14-9 ACC
W: Jared Poland (4-3)
L: Griffin Green (7-2)
S: Tate Kuehner (2)
Virginia Tech (34-11, 14-9 ACC) nearly erased its 2-1 deficit during the bottom of the seventh inning, introducing two leadoff base runners as Cade Hunter and Conor Hartigan both drew walks against tire starter Jared Poland. after Lucas Donlon and Carson DeMartini had been unsuccessful in evening the score, Nick Biddison appeared to drop the game-tying RBI single into center field – had it not been for Levi Usher’s tumbling, inning-ending catch that squashed the Tech rally.
Green carved through Louisville (35-13-1, 16-8-1 ACC), holding the Cardinals to three hits and enduring a 29-minute rain delay during his five-and-one-third-inning outing. The Hokies’ weekend-opening arm bounced back after surrendering a home run to Isaac Humphrey during the top of the second inning, keeping the game deadlocked at 1-1 until a fluke sequence left him on the hook during the sixth inning.
With Chris Seng aboard at second base and one out, Green battled Humphrey to a full count, inducing the swinging strikeout on a ball that appeared to ricochet off Humphrey’s left leg and dart towards the third base dugout. While Green and Hunter’s appeals for a dead ball were ignored and the ball scurried away, Seng and Humphrey each took two bases on the wild pitch, presenting Louisville with its final lead.
DeMartini singled during each of his first two at-bats – the first of which plated Tech’s tying run during the second inning – finishing 2-for-3 from his home in the ninth spot of the Hokies’ lineup. Jack Hurley elevated his ACC-leading doubles count to 22 during the bottom of the third inning, finding open territory down the right field line two batters after the rain delay had ended.
Louisville rally for six runs across the final two innings. Seng and Humphrey hit back-to-back RBI doubles off Graham Firoved during the eighth inning before the Cardinals did Brady Kirtner in for four ninth-inning runs.
• With Duke’s 5-3 defeat against NC State on Friday, Virginia Tech clinched a berth in the 2022 ACC Baseball Championship, to be held from May 24 to May 29 at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hokies will be making their sixth all-time appearance, qualifying during back-to-back seasons for the first time as a league member (since 2005).
no. 5 Virginia Tech will play to even the series against No. 7 Louisville on Saturday, May 14. First pitch of the middle game between the Hokies and the Cardinals is scheduled for 1 pm