Virginia Tech and Coca-Cola announced a new attendance promotion at home baseball games for all Virginia Tech students.
The promotion, which ran through April 26, rewarded one lucky student with an all-expense paid trip to the Atlanta Braves game of choice and a tour of The World of Coca-Cola.
To win, students had to first purchase a Coca-Cola product at English Field and receive their punch cards by showing their Hokie Passport at the concession stand. They were to attend at least six home games, getting their card punched at the marketing gazebo at each game.
Three finalists were randomly selected in April 26 game versus Virginia. The finalists were then asked to select a base they thought the grand prize was under.
Anailis Diaz selected the winning base. Diaz will be traveling to Atlanta during the summer to watch the Braves play.
This weekend the Hokies hosted another top five ranked opponent in Blacksburg. Tech defeat UVA 2 of the 3 games played.
The Hokies lost the home opener on Friday night.
Due to inclement weather coming into the New River Valley on Sunday the teams played a day-night double header to wrap up the series.
The Hokies swept the doubleheader to go on and win the series against the Wahoos’.
The team was led by the starting pitchers for both games who shut down UVA’s high potent offense. Joe Mantiply improved to 4-0 after tossing seven strong innings, allowing only 3 runs. Clark Labitan later came in for the five-out save.
Devin Burke got the start for the Hokies in the rubber game of the series. Burke pitched 7.1 innings, allowing four runs. Burke improved his record to 7-3 on the season.
Andrew Rash had a perfect day at the dish going 3-3 with a triple, a homerun, and 2 RBIs. Jack Joyce came in for the final inning to shut the door on the Hoos.
The Hokies will next play Boston College in Chestnut Hill. The next two ACC weekends will be critical for the Hokies’ ACC tournament hopes.
This draft was one like no other. Many players went too early while others went too late.
Virginia Tech football players Corey Fuller and Vinston Painter were selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Fuller, a receiver, went to the Detroit Lions, who selected him 171 overall. Fuller was the second member of his family to get drafted. His older brother Vinnie went in the fourth round of the 2005 draft to the Tennessee Titans.
Fuller played in 13 games this past season and caught 43 passes for 814 yards and six touchdowns according to HokieSports.
Painter, an offensive tackle, went to the Denver Broncos, who selected him 173 overall. He started all 13 games at right tackle this season for Tech according to HokieSports.
Logan Thomas was supposed to be the Hokies Top Prospect this spring for the NFL draft, but a down year resulted in him returning to the Hokies for his senior season.
Taking Thomas’s spot as the top prospect from Virginia Tech this year is wide receiver Corey Fuller who is projected to go in the top five rounds and is ranked the 21st best receiver in the draft.
Another draft hopeful Marcus Davis is also a wide receiver from Tech projected to be drafted in the 6th round.
Vinston Painter, offensive tackle, has flashed his skills in the NFL combine and has come out of nowhere to now be drafted as high as in the third round according to cbssports.com.
Draft hopeful offensive tackle Nick Becton, is hoping he will hear his name called this upcoming weekend in the later rounds of the draft. It has become clear that if he doesn’t get drafted he will be picked up through free agency.
Whether or not these players get drafted, they will be picked up through free agency and they will compete for a roster spot in 2013.
The Hokies split even on Saturday’s doubleheader against the Terps. After the weather altered the game on Friday the Hokies played two.
The team dropped the first game of the ACC series at Maryland, 10-9. The Terps took the lead leaving the Hokies scoreless till the third. The Hokies later took the lead in the sixth inning with a score of 7-5.
The Terps tied the game in the seventh when Papio hit a two-run homerun to tie the game at 8-8.
Horan later brought in Sean Keselica with bases-loaded to but the Hokies up but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Maryland won the game in the ninth on a two-RBI single by Papio to beat the Hokies.
After losing the first game the Hokies started fresh with Joe Mantiply on the mound.
Mantiply allowed just three hits and one walk. He struck out six batters and worked a season high of seven scoreless frames.
Mantiply won his 17th career game at Tech, just two shy of the most ever by a Hokie pitcher as a member of the ACC.
The offense started strong in the first. Andrew Rash drove in the first run of game with bases-loaded. He later drove in his second run of the game with a double scoring Chad Pinder. Mark Zagunis later followed up with a three-run home run to put the Hokies up 7-0. Brendon Hayden also hit a solo homerun to put Tech up 8-0.
Keslica made it 11-0 in the seventh with a single that brought home Alex Perez.
Sean Kennedy, who came in for Mantiply, faced a no out bases loaded jam but got out of it without allowing a run.
Virginia Tech defeated the Terps 11-0 in the second game.
Tech has now improved to 23-17 and 8-12 in the ACC.
The Hokies will play on Sunday to determine the winner of the ACC series at 1 p.m.
The Hokies continued their 120th season of baseball this weekend against the Duke Blue Devils in a three-game ACC series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Hokies completed a three-game sweep against the Blue Devils.
According to HokieSports, Tech (16-5, 4-2 ACC) is also off to its best overall start as a member of the conference (since 2005). The win on Sunday gave Pete Hughes his 500th career win as a baseball head coach.
In the first game Duke (10-8, 2-2 ACC) put its only run on the board in the second frame, as Grant McCabe drew a one-out walk, stole second and then scored on a two-out single by Ryan Munger.
Virginia Tech scored its first run once Swart was taken out of the game. In the eighth, Duke reliever Andrew Istler saw the first batter he faced, Alex Perez. Perez hit a solo home to tie the game 1-1 in the eighth, the first of his career.
Chad Morgan hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the 11th frame to score Tyler Horan and Jake Joyce, who entered the game in the ninth, closed things out for the Hokies as they registered a 2-1 come-back victory over Duke in 11 innings on Friday evening in ACC action.
In the second game against Duke, the Hokies scored five runs in the first and an additional five more runs over the last two frames. Virginia Tech cruised to a 14-7 victory over Duke on Saturday afternoon.
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.
Tanner McIntyre (1 IP) and Ricky Hodges (2 IP) finished the game on the mound, with Hodges striking out two, including getting the final out with a caught looking.
The Hokies then went on Sunday afternoon to beat the Blue Devils 6-2 for the sweep.
The Hokies reentered the Top 25 and are ranked #24.
Tech (17-5) prepares to take on ACC rival Miami for a three-game series in Coral Gables Friday evening.