Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Grind Time: Can The Hammerin' Hokies Make It To Omaha?

Virginia Tech’s baseball team is currently flirting with uncharted territory for the program, a potential bid at making the College World Series. The Hokies find themselves in the top-25 on three different major college baseball polls around the nation. The baseball team has their hardest games behind them, but are the Hokies deserving of a bid for a chance to play in Omaha?

As far as quality wins go, Virginia Tech has quite a few. Virginia Tech has beaten #1 ranked UVA once, #3 Georgia Tech twice, #4 Florida State twice, #9 Miami twice, #25 North Carolina Central once and #29 VMI once. Virginia Tech won the series against Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Miami while having only played NCC and VMI once a piece. The only series the Hokies didn’t win was against the #1 ranked Cavaliers.

The Hokies’ overall record is 29-14 at this point in the season. The Hokies are 11-10 in ACC play. The conference record doesn’t seem that impressive but after a slow start to the season, the Hokies have gone 9-6 against top-10 teams in the nation. The Atlantic Coast Conference is consistently strong in baseball and this record is actually quite good for a program that hasn’t known success in the sport of baseball.

To help the Hokies, they still have 13 games, all against unranked teams. It isn’t too farfetched to see Virginia Tech crack 40 wins on the season. On top of the easy remaining schedule, the Hokies still have the ACC Tournament to pad their already impressive resume.

The downside for the Hokies is the fact that only eight teams make the College World Series. In order to make the College World Series, the Hokies would have to win the NCAA Regional and then go on and win the NCAA Super Regional. There is a good chance that the Hokies will be invited to play in the NCAA Regional, but a deep run in the ACC Tournament would do the Hokies a world of good.

The Hokies have put together an impressive season so far and they should certainly be rewarded for it. The fact of the matter though is that if the Hokies don’t win at least eight of their last 13 games, the odds don’t look good for the Hokies. However, if the Hokies can win at least eight of those games and (the ‘and’ here is key) make a good run in the ACC Tournament, they should receive an invitation to play for a trip to Omaha.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Next Generation Of Virginia Tech (Pro)kies

Today concluded the 2010 NFL Draft and among the 255 picks were five Hokies. The Hokies chosen today were as followed:

Jason Worilds -- 52th overall pick -- Pittsburgh Steelers

Kam Chancellor -- 133rd overall pick -- Seattle Seahawks

Ed Wang -- 140th overall pick -- Buffalo Bills

Brent Bowden -- 172nd overall pick -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cody Grimm -- 211th overall pick -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hokie Baseball Team Overcomes Sloppy Defense To Defeat #9 Miami

The Virginia Tech baseball team accomplished two huge goals this week. First off they cracked the Top-25 rankings for NCAA baseball and today on a cold, windy Blacksburg night, the Hokies took down #9 Miami in the first game of a three game series.

Steve Domecus started off the scoring for the Hokies with a solo homerun in the bottom of the 3rd.

Pitcher Justin Wright found himself in a jam in the top of the 6th after some sloppy defense and errors galore put Virginia Tech in a 6-1 hole. Wright finished with a no decision on 6 innings pitched with 8 hits and 6 runs (3 earned).

The Hokies rallied back in the bottom of the 6th rallying to score 5 runs. The inning was capped with a 2-run homerun off the bat of Sean Ryan.

After giving up a run in the top of the 7th, the Hokies' Ronni Shaban cracked a 3-run homerun to extend the Hokies' lead to 9-7.

The game would end with Ben Rowen pitching 2.1 innings allowing 0 runs. The Hokies would hold on to win 9-7 despite giving up 6 errors.

The winning pitcher was Ben Rowen (2-0) and the losing pitcher was Eric Whaley (3-1).
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