Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Virginia Tech Recruiting Update

Today, Defensive Tackle Corey Marshall announced his decision to attend Virginia Tech and play football.

Marshall is considered one of the top-10 players in Virginia and is rated number 250 nationally by Rivals.com.

The decision came down to UVA and Virginia Tech and on CSN Washington today, Marshall made his decision to come to Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech was among, UVA, West Virginia, Tennessee and Michigan in the running for Marshall.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Could Boise State Be Virginia Tech's Hardest Opening Season Game Ever?

Looking at the past games that Virginia Tech's football team has played, the Hokies have given themselves some tough games to open the season. In recent memory these games consist of: Southern California in 2004, Alabama in 2009 and now on that list comes Boise State in 2010.

The USC team of 2004 and the Alabama team of 2009 both share something in common, both teams went on to win the national title that year.

Despite this fact, Boise State might be the toughest team that Virginia Tech has ever opened a season against.

Boise State is coming off an undefeated season as the defending WAC Champions. Last season, the Broncos defeated two ranked teams, Oregon and TCU. Boise State finished the season ranked number three in the nation last year.

While that is all fine and well, the kicker is that Boise State returns 23 of 24 starters from last season! The only player lost for the Broncos was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Boise State burst onto the football scene in 2006 when Boise State went undefeated and upset Oklahoma in arguably the best game in college football history. Since that season, Boise State has seen seasons of 10-3, 12-1 and most recently 14-0.

The Boise State program is on the up and up and recently switched to the Mountain West Conference starting in 2011, which will only build their reputation.

Boise State is also known for a very explosive offense which puts up a lot of points. Virginia Tech has had a stale and bland offense as of late under offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring. If this game turns into a shootout, advantage Boise State.

The Broncos have the ability to run the most shifty offense in college football and at the same time are physical enough to pound the ball on the ground. This is a very lethal combination.

While the talent might not be up to par with the Alabama and USC teams, the timing couldn't be better for the Broncos against a young and inexperienced defense. This fact alone could make Boise State the toughest team that Virginia Tech has opened with.

Is Boise State the best team Tech has opened against? Debatable. Is Boise State in prime position to do as USC and Bama did and win a national title after playing Virginia Tech? No debate necessary.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Long Live The Queen

Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech track star, made NCAA Track & Field history in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday.

Harrison became the first woman in NCAA history to ever sweep the 100 meter hurdles and the 400 meters hurdles.

Harrison accomplished this milestone at the NCAA Championships, the largest stage in collegiate track & field.

Queen Harrison clocked a time of 12.67 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles and 54.55 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles.

Earlier in the year, during the indoor track & field season, Harrison also claimed the NCAA Championship in the 60 meter hurdles.

Queen Harrison, a senior, has all three of Virginia Tech's Women's Track & Field Championships.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Eight Hokies Taken In MLB Draft

Eight Hokies from the Virginia Tech baseball team will be given a shot in the majors.

The eight drafted were:

Austin Wates
3rd Round - 8th Pick
90th Overall - Houston Astros

Jesse Hahn
6th Round - 16th Pick
191st Overall - Tampa Bay Rays

Mathew Price
8th Round - 28th Pick
263rd Overall - Boston Red Sox

Steve Domecus
9th Round - 27th Pick
292nd Overall - Los Angeles Dodgers

Tim Smalling
14th Round - 1st Pick
416th Overall - Washington Nationals

Ben Rowen
22nd Round - 21st Pick
676th Overall - Texas Rangers

Buddy Sosnoskie
25th Round - 4th Pick
749th Overall - Kansas City Royals

Justin Wright
47th Round - 24th Pick
1429th Overall - St. Louis Cardinals

Let's all wish a big good luck to these eight Hokies!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Historic Season Ends For Virginia Tech Baseball

[I apologize for the lateness of this post, but blogspot was being uncooperative last night when this story was still fresh.]

Virginia Tech's men's baseball team waved farewell to their 2009-2010 baseball season yesterday with a loss against South Carolina.

Steve Domecus was Virginia Tech's lone offensive weapon going 2-4 with two RBI.

On the pitching end, Ben Rowen continued to impress with three innings pitched allowing one run (not earned).

The Hokies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the Gamecocks in the first inning but it was all South Carolina from that point on.

A six-run sixth inning for South Carolina would be enough to force relief pitcher Ben Rowen into the game sooner than the team had hoped.

The Hokies were knocked out by South Carolina: 10-2

The Hokies achieved a couple milestones this season, reaching 40 wins for the first time since 1999 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. Virginia Tech also has multiple top-200 ranked prospects in the upcoming MLB Draft, the highest of which being Austin Wates at #19 overall.

It was a fun and historic season for Pete Hughes and the Virginia Tech Hokies and I appreciate you coming to Orange And Maroon Insider for your Tech baseball.

In the coming weeks, expect more football talk in preparation for the 2010-2011 season!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Hokies Eliminate The Citadel In Regional Of NCAA Tournament

It seems that the two most consistent bats for the Hokies are truly just that. Austin Wates and Buddy Sosnoskie were clutch in Virginia Tech's must win rematch against The Citadel today.

Wates, the cleanup hitter for the Hokies, went 2-4 with two RBI and Sosnoskie, the number seven hitter in the lineup, went 1-4 with 2 RBI.

Joe Mantiply got the win for the Hokies after coming in to relief Jesse Hahn after only three innings.

Ben Rowen, closing pitcher for the Hokies, earned his sixth save of the season pitching 2.1 scoreless innings.

The surprise of the game was the decision of The Citadel to leave starting pitcher Michael Clevinger in for 7.2 innings after giving up four earned runs and allowing nine hits.

The Hokies get the win and eliminate The Citadel: 4-3

Virginia Tech will play South Carolina tonight at 7 p.m. and if the Hokies win tonight, will play South Carolina again tomorrow.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hokies Live To Fight Another Day In NCAA Baseball Tournament

Virginia Tech wouldn't go down without a fight in their first NCAA Baseball Tournament appearance since 2000. The Hokie bats woke up to pummel Bucknell.

The player of the game was easily Buddy Sosnoskie who went 3-5, two of which were home-runs, with two runs scored and a whopping six RBI.

At the end of the second inning, the score was 9-0 in favor of Virginia Tech.

The Hokies continued their dominance into the ninth inning racking up a total of 16 runs.

The Hokies end up with the win against Bucknell: 16-7

The winning pitcher for the Hokies was Manny Martir who had a poor outing all things considered. Martir went for four innings while allowing four runs to score, three of them earned.

[EDIT: My prior information was incorrect. The Hokies will be playing The Citadel again.]

Friday, June 4, 2010

Hokies Fall In Opening Game Of NCAA Baseball Tournament

Virginia Tech (16th nationally) lost their first game in the NCAA Baseball Tournament to The Citadel (30th nationally).

The Hokies starting pitcher was Justin Wright who pitched a complete game against Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament. Wright had a rough outing against the Bulldogs giving up six earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched.

The Hokies' bats were silent the whole night batting .250 as a team. The only bright spots were Austin Wates who went 3-4, Tony Balisteri who went 3-4 with a run scored and Sean Ryan who went 1-5 and hit a two-run homerun.

The final score of the game was 7-2 in favor of The Citadel.

The Hokies will now play an elimination game against the loser of the South Carolina/Bucknell game.

Virginia Tech will have to win both of their games to have a shot at playing in the NCAA Super Regionals.
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