For just the second time in school history, the Virginia Tech softball team is advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Hokies earned the trip after Saturday’s 11-3 win over Brigham Young in the Tempe Regional Final.
The Hokies first reached the Super Regionals back in 2008 when Angela Tincher was on the mound. Tincher, a member of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, is one of the greatest — and perhaps most accomplished — athletes in school history.
Sophomore Alexa Milius crushed a walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to give Virginia Tech the run-rule win. Tech picked up the win after the fifth inning. Junior pitcher Keely Rochard was outstanding once again, pitching a complete game and holding BYU to just three runs on six hits. It was her third win of the regionals.
When the Hokies advanced to the Super Regionals in 2008, they went to the College World Series. However, this time around, Virginia Tech was undefeated in the Super Regionals, which it wasn’t 13 years ago.
Virginia Tech head coach Pete D’Amour had the following to say, per Virginia Tech’s official website.
It’s hard to describe what winning a regional means to us. I told the ladies prior to Game 1 that ‘they earned the right to play well’ this weekend. It hasn’t been an easy year. They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them and more. I’m thankful to my staff, our support staff, and our players. I’m looking forward to leading this team next weekend.
Next up for the Hokies are the UCLA Bruins, one of the nation's best teams. Tom Brady’s niece, Maya Brady, is one of UCLA’s stars.
Also in the Super Regionals are the James Madison Dukes.
Congratulations, ladies. This is an outstanding accomplishment.