BLACKSBURG, Va. – Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th, Virginia Tech’s JD Mundy sent a walkoff RBI single to left center to lift the Hokies over No. 13 Duke, 4-3, Friday evening at English Field at Union Park.
Virginia Tech (18-24, 8-14 ACC) led 3-1 entering the eighth before Griffin Conine’s two-out, two-run double tied the game. The two teams battled through two scoreless innings before Mundy’s second hit of the ballgame ended the affair.
Hokie starter Ian Seymour retired the first nine Blue Devils he faced before Jimmy Herron’s leadoff double in the fourth. Duke (31-11, 13-8 ACC) had the leadoff hitter aboard in each of the next four innings, but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position during that span despite loud contact.
“We hit some balls right on the screws with a runner at third a couple of different times,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “Zack Kone squared up a ball in a first and third situation at their second baseman, possibly extra bases. Jimmy Herron does the same thing with a runner at third. We had some missed opportunities with runners in scoring position. But we did have some loud contact and overall I thought we took a lot of good swings.”
Seymour ultimately yielded one run on five hits over seven complete in the no decision.
After the first four Hokies reached, Blue Devil starter Adam Laskey settled down and pitched five scoreless innings until a Stevie Mangrum seventh-inning solo shot. In his seventh quality start of the season, Laskey allowed three runs on six hits in a no decision, striking out four while issuing just one walk over 6.1 innings.
“Adam pitched great, settling in after the first four batters of the game and keeping us within striking distance,” Pollard added. “You tip your hat to Mangrum. We had executed in that spot a couple times and gotten good results. He cheated to it and got all of it. It was a good swing. But I was proud of Adam and the way he settled in. Kept us in the ballgame, got us into the seventh inning and our bullpen did an outstanding job of keeping the ballgame where it was and giving us opportunities.”
Virginia Tech countered with the Mangrum homer to left and Hokie reliever Luke Scherzer retired the first two batters in the eighth before the Blue Devils rallied. Zack Kone and Joey Loperfido kept the inning alive with back-to-back singles prior to Conine’s double to left center.
After three scoreless innings from Ethan DeCaster, Virginia Tech worked a leadoff walk from Bryce Jarvis (2-1) to start the 11th. A sacrifice bunt and strikeout provided the first two outs before Mundy singled off Matt Dockman with a full count to end the game.
Joey Sullivan (2-3) retired all three batters he faced to pick up the win.
Duke and Virginia Tech continue the series at 3 p.m, Saturday, April 28 on ACC Network Extra.