Tech will start March with a midweek clash against High Point
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• Tuesday: ryan kennedy (0-0, 0.00 ERA) v Patrick Libby (0-0, 18.00 ERA)
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THREE THINGS TO KNOW
• Hot start: Virginia Tech is one of 18 remaining undefeated NCAA Division I programs and one of five remaining in the ACC after the Hokies made it easy for Fordham last weekend at Blacksburg. The Hokies had 21 of their 32 hits against the Rams for extra bases, hitting .726 for the series while building up the 27-5 scoring advantage. Tech’s offense is among the brightest in the country at the start of the season. In six games, the Hokies are ranked second nationally in slugging percentage (.708), fourth in home runs per game (2.33), tied for fifth in doubles per game (3.50) and seventh in average batting (.366). Tech’s relentless approach to the plate is evident in the frequency of its mass production; Monday, the Hokies scored in 26 of 48 offensive innings (54%). As potent as its roster has produced, Tech’s pitching team demonstrated similar dominance, carrying a team ERA of 2.17 in week three of the season.
• Hustlin’ Hurley: Few bats in America are hotter than Tech sophomore’s Jack Hurley, who enters Tuesday’s midweek game against High Point batting .923 (12 for 13) in his last four games. On Monday, Hurley was named one of College Baseball Journal15 National Players of the Week for his bizarre weekend against Fordham. In three games against the Rams, Tech’s sophomore outfielder hit .900 (9-for-10), throwing three doubles, a triple and three home runs to yield a 2.300 hitting percentage. Additionally, Hurley walked twice and was hit with a pitch, reaching base safely in 12 of his 13 plate appearances. Defensively, he got his first outfield assist of the season at a critical point in Saturday’s midgame, saving a run at home plate to preserve the Hokies’ two-point lead. As of Monday, Hurley has the second-best batting average among NCAA Division I players (.636) as well as the third-best slugging percentage in the nation (1.318). He is one of two Hokies who will have hitting streaks of six or more games in Tuesday’s game against the Panthers (Eduardo Malinowski).
• Mr. Consistency: Making the most of his first season in the ACC, fifth-year infielder Eduardo Malinowski arrives at Tuesday’s midweek affair having managed three straight games. After transferring to Tech after a four-year career at Penn, the 2018 Ivy League Rookie of the Year earned first home runs (four) — tied for eighth nationally — and RBIs (10), batting .391 and hitting .957 in his first six games at Blacksburg. Since his 2021 season with the Quakers, Malinowski has hit safely in 15 straight college games. More impressively, the six-foot Spring, Texas native has recorded a hit in 28 of his last 29 college games, dating back to the final game of his 2019 season.
Virginia Tech will open a three-game home series against defending Horizon League champion Wright State on Friday, March 4. The first pitch between the Hokies and Raiders at English Field in Atlantic Union Bank Park is scheduled for 2 p.m.