Brody Donay Hits 520-Foot Nuke to Assist Hokies Win
In a Wednesday afternoon contest against Marshall (16-26), Griffin Stieg gets his first collegiate start to lead Tech baseball (26-16) to a 5-3 victory.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit,” Stieg stated postgame. “I think I needed today to feel some things out again and gain some confidence back to know that I can [start] again.”
The freshman started his entire senior year at McLean High School and had not yet started for the Hokies. In his 2.1 innings pitched for Tech in the contest, Stieg had three strikeouts — all looking — and allowed two hits over ten batters faced.
To follow Stieg, Sentlinger entered the game and threw five strikeouts. The LHP came into the game and quickly found himself in a situation where the bases were loaded with one out. He responded with two strikeouts to get the Hokies’ defense through the inning. Kirtner and Higgins both also had time on the mound, Kirtner allowing three hits and Higgings quickly exiting the game after warming up.
Head Coach John Szefc attributed Higgins's exit to his arm feeling like it had no power behind it, a precautionary tale, as Szefc described postgame. Freshman Jacob Exum closed the game for the Hokies, facing five batters and retiring them all. The pitching squad had a total of 11 strikeouts in the game and allowed a total of 10 hits.
The freshmen on this Hokies team are an integral part of the starting squad. Donay, Garrett Michel, Clay Grady, and Andrew Sentlinger see a good deal of game action and have cemented themselves as assets to the team.
“Freshman wise, that trio of [Donay], Michel, and Grady … is going to be really interesting for people to watch here for the next couple of years” Szefc stated. “ … They played so much this year.”
Donay had two essentials for the Hokies in the contest, one of which was a 520-foot homer that gave Tech its first run of the day. This was Donay’s tenth home run of the season. Following his absolute rocket of a home run, the Lakeland, Fl., native had a single RBI of Carson DeMartini to give the Hokies another run.
The Hokies' offense felt the buzz of Donay’s homer, quickly going up 5-0. Michel took an essential walk, followed by a double from Christian Martin. Grady perfectly understood his assignment and batted in both Michel and Martin, giving the Hokies a steep lead. While Tech started the contest up 5-0, it ended 5-3, making Donay’s day behind the bat quite a successful one.
“Nothing was given to us,” Donay stated postgame. “ … We knew there were people in front of us and we would have to work hard.”
Donay has played in 28 of Tech’s 42 games and has 26 hits for the Hokies.
Tech looks on to play Bowling Green beginning with a doubleheader this Saturday.