Walsingham product sparks No. 4 Virginia Tech baseball team to romp in NCAA Blacksburg regional

BLACKSBURG — Tanner Schobel had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs as No. 4 overall seed Virginia Tech used a 14-run inning to coast to a 24-4 win over Columbia on Saturday night, landing a spot in the championship round of the Blacksburg Regional.

The Hokies (43-12) were trailing 2-1 heading into the fourth inning when they sent 17 batters to the plate, scoring 14 runs on 10 hits, four walks and a hit batter. That is Tech’s most runs in an inning since it joined the ACC, though the school’s all-time record is 17, set in 1989.

Schobel, a Walsingham Academy graduate, started the scoring with a three-run double. Carson DeMartini, a freshman from Ocean Lakes High, had a bases-loaded double and Nick Biddison followed with an inside-the-park home run. Cade Hunter capped the onslaught with a two-run double.

Columbia (31-17) faces Gonzaga, the team the Lions beat Friday, in a loser-out game early Sunday. The winner will get a shot at Virginia Tech later in the day. It would take a second win over the Hokies on Monday to reach the Super Regional.

Biddison, Jack Hurley and DeMartini had three RBIs, and five other Hokies drove in two runs. Biddison and Gavin Cross, who also homered, scored three runs. Gehrig Ebel homered, the first of his career, as Virginia Tech had eight extra-base hits among its 20 in the game. The Hokies also had four hit batters and drew 15 walks from seven Columbia pitchers.

The Hokies spread their mound duties among six pitchers, with the second one, Jordan Geber (1-1), getting the win.

Austin Mowrey had three of Columbia’s eight hits, Joshua Solomon had two RBIs and Skye Selinsky hit a solo home run.

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