Radford rebounds with Campbell weekend sweep

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Lucas Goad | lgoad7@radford.edu

The Virginia Tech Hokies went on a 14-4 run to secure their 17-6 victory against Radford baseball on Tuesday in Radford.

The Highlanders (16-19, 6-6) were locked in a 3-3 tie with the Hokies (18-17) through four innings. The Hokies scored the first two runs on a throwing error by Radford, with Raheem Cooper of the Hokies scoring a single homer.

While trailing by two in the second inning, Johnathon Gonzales of the Highlanders hit a solo home run, his sixth of the season. Tom Stoffel of Tech answered with a solo, bringing the Hokies up by a score of 3-1. After a pitching change by VT in the fourth, Gonzalez and Spencer Horwitz both hit a RBI, tying up the game at three.

Just as it seemed the momentum seemed to shift in favor of the Highlanders, the Hokies scored seven runs in the fifth on four hits. This marked the fifth time this season that Tech scored seven or more runs in a single inning. Leading 10-3, Stevie Mangrum of the Hokies added two more runs on a homer in the sixth.

At the bottom of the seventh, Clayton Baine pulled the Highlanders within six by hitting a three-run homer. Radford’s hopes of winning would end there, with Tech scoring five runs in the eighth, including their fourth home run of the game.

With the four homers, Tech moved to first in the country with 63.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Radford would travel down to Jim Perry Stadium to begin a three-game series against the Campbell Camels. In the first game of the series, Radford snapped a four-game losing skid against Campbell (16-20, 5-7) in a 2-0 victory.

In the win, Zack Ridgley only allowed two hits. Ridgley allowed only two walks, a rarity as he only had seven on the entire season before entering the game. Through his first nine bats, Ridgley only allowed one earned base runner.

In the second inning, Anthony Miano hit a single as Matt Roth ran home, giving the Highlanders their first score of the game. Richard De La Cruz had a RBI in the fifth, giving Radford its second run of the game and securing the victory.

In the next game of the series, Radford overcame a 5-2 deficit to defeat the Camels in an 8-5 victory.

Radford had four runs on two hits in the eighth, with Campbell throwing two errors. To start the inning, Kyle Butler and Danny Hrbek put two runners on base with walks. Spencer Horwitz hit a single, giving Butler the run. Matt Roth contributed a RBI, putting runners on base, with one out. Gonzales scored off a bunt by Cody Schneider, with Roth right behind him giving Radford a 6-5 lead.

The four-run inning was enough, but the Highlanders tacked on two more runs in the ninth inning, courtesy of a Campbell error and a Hrbek RBI single.

Finally, on Saturday of the last game of the series, Radford completed the sweep in a 7-4 victory over Campbell.

Radford started things off with Hrbek lining a triple down the right field. With his twelfth triple of the season, Hrbek is now two away from tying the school record. Gonzales with a home run, helping him and Hrbek score.

Matthew Barefoot put Campbell on the scoreboard in the third with a RBI single. In the fourth, both teams traded runs, with Anthony Miano scoring on a wild pitch for Radford, and Kyle Mehl doubling a run for Campbell with Radford answering in the fifth giving the Highlanders a 4-2 lead.

At the top of the eighth, Radford added another run as Miano led off the inning with a double, and advancing to third on a Richard De La Cruz groundout.

In the ninth, Butler led the inning with a double. Butler advanced to third off a groundout by Hrbek, with Gonzales hitting a RBI. On the ground ball to short, a throw to home went high as Butler scored. Matt Roth put runners on third and second. Miano hit a two-out single giving Gonzales the final run of the game.

With the win, Radford secured its first sweep of the Camels since May 2015, adding to their winning streak against Campbell.

Radford will play its final Tuesday home game of the season on April 18, when they host Appalachian State in a 6 p.m. game.