Virginia Tech took two of three games against the No. 10 Wahoos in baseball over the weekend, winning the first two games of the series in thrilling fashion. UVa won the third game thanks in large part to a bases-loaded triple in the seventh.
It was still a big weekend for the Hokies, who despite not qualifying for the ACC baseball tournament for the fourth consecutive season posted 12 conference wins, their most since joining the ACC.
The two wins against UVa were also Tech's first since joining the ACC and its first since 2003.
Thursday's game saw Austin Wates hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give Tech a 5-4 win. Tech got a strong outing from starting pitcher Rhett Ballard, who gave up four runs on nine hits and struck out nine over eight innings.
In Friday's game, Tech jumped out to a 9-3 lead after four and held on for a 9-8 win. UVa's Phil Gosselin flied out to center to strand the tying run at second in the ninth. It was the first time the Hokies had won consecutive games against the Wahoos since winning four in a row against them in 1999 and 2000.
The series win over the ranked 'Hoos was a nice end to the best season the Hokies have had under Pete Hughes. Tech finished the season 32-21 and wasn't eliminated from postseason contention until the second-to-last day of the season.
ACC and Opponents
- FSU's preseason ranking is all over the place. (Tomahawk Nation)
- A former UNC WR is on the new Michael Irvin reality show. (Carolina March)
- UVa is good at lacrosse. Whatevs. (From Old Virginia)
- GT is two wins from a trip to Oklahoma City. (The Legacyx4)
- A breakdown of the ACC baseball tourney. (Block-C)
- Who is John Wall? (ACC Now)
Stuff Only I Care About
- Amalie Benjamin (who I love and in a heartbeat would give up my hard-drinking, road-tripping bachelor ways for) on the starting pitching's improvement going into the series with the Jays. (Globe)
- The Coke Orgy isn't going anywhere. (Mr. College Football)
- The Blackhawks better win tonight. (Second City Hockey)
- At least one English-speaking team will be in the Memorial Cup final. (Globe and Mail)
- The NHL wouldn't boot Yanni, but the NBA has no problem booting the WWE. (Bootlegger Sports)
- This is what happens when you put journalists in front of a camera. (The Lost Ogle)