BLACKSBURG - Six of Virginia's eight starting position players are hitting .300 or better on the season and that offensive production was on full display Friday night in Blacksburg. The Cavaliers (38-6, 17-5), ranked fifth in the country, pounded out a season-high 17 hits in a 15-6 win over Virginia Tech (25-18, 9-13).
In front of 3,142 fans, Tech starter Brad Markey took the brunt of the blows. He gave up 11 hits and nine runs (seven earned) in 5.2 innings. The Hokies finished with three errors but head coach Pete Hughes said, "I know the scoreboard says three but I saw four out there.'
UVa's starter Brandon Waddell pitched 5.2 innings and allowed eight hits and six runs.
UVa's run total could have been even more but Andrew Rash, who defensively looked shaky for most of the game, robbed a Joe
McCarthy two-run home run with a leaping catch at the wall in right field.
UVa's Jared King, playing close to his home town of Pulaski, was 3-6 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Tech's Sean Keselica was 4-5 with three runs scored in the loss.
Hokies centerfielder Gary Schneider broke his hand or wrist diving for a ball. Head coach Pete Hughes said, "Trainer Mike Goforth said it's a pretty bad fracture." There is no time table for Schneider's return.
Game two of the three-game series is Saturday at 2 p.m. but with rain possibly coming Sunday they could opt to play a doubleheader Saturday still with a 2 p.m. start time. A Virginia Tech official said they'll examine the weather forecast Saturday morning.