This weekend the Hokies will open the NCAA Championship to Michigan. Virginia Tech Men’s tennis team will travel to Lexington, Ky. to open up the Championship.
The Lexington, Ky. Regional teams are Kentucky (1), Michigan (2), Virginia Tech (3), and Western Michigan (4).
Virginia Tech enters the NCAA Championship ranked 41st in the ITA standings. It marks the highest ranking for the Hokies this season. With this year’s at-large bid, the Hokies will make their seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, according to HokieSports.
The Hokies will play Michigan at noon and Kentucky will play Western Michigan after 3:00 p.m. at UK’s Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center. The winner of the opening round will advance to play Saturday, at 2 p.m.
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.
The nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green, was named a finalist for the Wooden Award Saturday.
The John R. Wooden Award Ballot was announced Saturday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN College GameDay. The award is given to the nation’s best player.
The ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are eligible for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
All players on the ballot have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
The Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Atlanta.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.
Among the student-athletes chosen to the Wooden Award ballot were three players who did not make the Midseason Top 25: Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and Miami’s Shane Larkin. Other notable selections include the nation’s top scorer, Erick Green of Virginia Tech (25.0 ppg), and three freshmen: Anthony Bennett of UNLV, redshirt freshman Ben McLemore of Kansas, and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, according to the John R. Wooden Award website.
Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis won the men’s Award in 2012.
Voting will take place from March 18th through March 25th, allowing voters to account for the first weekend of competition in the NCAA Tournament.
Erick Green and Virginia Tech will conclude their regular season at Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at Wake Forest. The game will be televised live by The ACC Network.
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