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March 17, 2013

Va. Tech tops Duke on the diamond

DURHAM, N.C. — With five runs in the first and an additional five runs over the last two frames, Virginia Tech cruised past Duke on Saturday afternoon 14-7 to clinch the ACC series over the Blue Devils.

The Hokies pounded out a season-high tying 16 hits.

Virginia Tech (15-5, 3-2 ACC) used six hits in the first inning, and a hit batsman, to send 10 men to the plate and cross it five times. Tyler Horan, who tied a career high with four hits in the game, knocked in the first two with a triple, and Mark Zagunis followed with an RBI single.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Alex Perez singled home two more and the Hokies led 5-0.

Perez, Zagunis, Sean Keselica, Andrew Rash and Brendon Hayden all had two hits in the game, while Perez, Horan, Rash and Hayden all had two RBI, while Zagunis led the way with three.

Horan, who also tripled in the fifth inning which tied an ACC and school record for most triples in a single game, scored three times, as did Chad Pinder and Zagunis.

On the mound, Devin Burke allowed four runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out five in six innings of work. Burke, now 5-0, became the first Tech starting pitcher, as a member of the ACC, to win his first five starts to start a season.

Duke (10-9, 2-3 ACC) had three players hit home runs, a pair of solo shots by Andy Perez and Jordan Betts, while Chris Marconcini hit a two-run home run in the seventh. Drew Van Orden took the loss for the Blue Devils.

Tech matched its best start after 20 games overall since joining the ACC (2005) at 15-5, done last year as well.

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