BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Despite Virginia Tech’s pitchers combining for 12 strikeouts against eighth-ranked Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish used a big fifth inning to secure an 8-2 win in the opening game of a three-game series.
Peyton Alford allowed back-to-back runs after throwing two straight wild pitches in the fifth inning. Relief pitcher Jaison Heard then allowed a single and a triple that drove in four Fighting Irish runs, allowing ND to take a 7-1 lead.
Jack Hurley’s single in the fifth drove in the first Virginia Tech run of the evening while Tanner Schobel scored on a fielder’s choice in the sixth for the Hokies’ only other run of the game.
Notre Dame and Virginia Tech will meet again Friday at English Field with first pitch set for 6 p.m.