The Virginia Tech Hokie Baseball team is still slightly above .500 with only a few weeks to go in the season. There are lots of games packed into that stretch so they have to keep up the momentum or they could slide below the break even point. Every game is important to this team at this point.
There have been some flashes of where the Hokies could be in the next few seasons under Coach Szefc. We lost the Georgia Tech (#11) series 2-1, but we opened it with a statement 3-2 pitchers’ duel win. The 2nd and 3rd games were crammed into a double header due to the putrid Friday and Saturday weather in Blacksburg. The opener was never totally out of hand, but Virginia Tech couldn’t hold so it dropped the game 5-7. There was a bit of hope in the fact that the bullpen kept the Jackets off the board after their 5th inning rally that broke the game open. The Hokies actually scored 2 in their half of the 7th, but couldn’t manage to muster anything more for the game. As was noted by more than a few, errors bit the Hokies hard in this one.
The night cap was a much better and more complete game. The Hokies managed to grind into another pitchers duel, and even though they rolled a goose egg into the 8th inning, managed to put three runs on the board between 1 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th. Unfortunately they just ran out of outs, and the Yellow Jackets took the series.
This evening the Hokies hosted the Keydets of VMI, and looked to be cruising to a nice victory with good offensive numbers and some relatively good pitching. Tech took a nice 10-3 lead into the top of the 9th inning, and seemed to forget Yogi’s first rule of baseball; “it ain’t ova ‘til it’s ova”. VMI staged a huge six run rally to close the score up to 10-9, and sort of some buckling down, the Hokies nearly let the game turn into a disaster.
Tomorrow, the Hokies start a five game road trip with a short jaunt down Prices Fork, to Peppers Ferry, and a left past Rural King to head to Radford for the 2nd game in the stretched out New River Valley Rivalry. Radford’s baseball team is good, and Tech barely inched by them by one run 8-7, on February 26th. The Highlanders will be playing at home, and the Hokies will be on short rest.
Tech needs to win every single one if its “winnable” games because it’s a five game road trip through Radford, to Miami for 3, and then back through Norfolk for a single game against ODU. The season will finish with an extended homestand of 7 games, BC will be first up, then a single game with West Virginia, that will lead into the finale series with Virginia on Commencement weekend.
A winning season is in view. They just have to play good consistent ball, and lose the errors.