This past week Virginia Tech finished the regular season by sweeping the Boston College Eagles and the Longwood Lancers. Originally VT was to face Western Carolina in a double-header to close out the regular season, but the games were canceled due to impending severe weather. The Hokies finish the regular season on a five game winning streak and having won eight of their last ten. With an overall record of 45-8 the Hokies have the fourth most wins in school history.
With an ACC record of 20-4 the Hokies have the best record in the conference. The 20 wins sets a program best for ACC wins. VPI’s performance clinched the Coastal Division for the first time in history and earned them the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament. Florida State, the defending national champions, earned second best in the ACC with a record of 16-5, winning the Atlantic.
⚡️ “ACC regular season & Coastal champs ”https://t.co/YDwgxXJuoM— Virginia Tech Softball (@HokiesSoftball) April 28, 2019
First year head coach, Pete D’Amour, has turned the softball team around in just one year after a dismal 2018 saw the Fighting Gobblers finish the season with an overall 23-30 record and a disappointing 7-16 conference effort. The Hokies now find themselves ranked No. 22 in the USA Softball poll and No. 24 in the USA Today NFCA poll.
Senior shortstop, Caitylyn Nolan, set a program best 18 home runs against Longwood. Further superlative performances come from pitchers Keely Rochard and Carrie Eberle. Rochard has 20 wins and Eberle has 25, making the Hokies the only team in the nation with two pitchers having 20 or more wins!
Virginia Tech will have an intrasquad scrimmage this Saturday before heading to Tallahassee, FL for the ACC Tournament. The conference tournament will be played from 8 May through 11 May. Fantastic work ladies and congratulations on being the ACC regular season champions!