The weekend series: The Hokies continue their 120th season of baseball with a four-game series at English Field against teams they’ve played just 12 times combined of their 3,425 games. The last time they faced any of the teams was 1999 (Temple) and haven’t played Delaware in almost 65 years.
A return to the Top 25: With its success of last weekend (see next note), Tech found itself ranked in the Top 25 in the latest poll released by Baseball America, entering at No. 24. It marked the first time the Hokies have been ranked since the end of the 2010 season, when they were 16th in the BA poll heading into the NCAA Baseball Championship.
Four games versus 2012 conference champs: Last weekend, Tech was the only team in the country opening the 2013 season against two conference tournament champions (also picked to repeat), and went 4-0 over the weekend.
Tech was one of just four teams in the nation that started the year with a total of four games against a team (or teams) that won a 2012 conference tournament title. The others:
Portland --- (0-4) --- at Mississippi State (SEC)
Miss. Valley St. --- (1-3) --- vs. Prairie View A&M (SWAC)
West Michigan --- (0-4) --- at Pepperdine (West Coast)
Tech success in home openers and in Blacksburg: Since 1989, when the Hokies began playing at English Field, they are 19-5 all-time in home openers, have won 12 of 15, and are 5-1 under Hughes, including a 15-3 win last year over Yale.
All-time, Tech is 401-207-3 in 24 seasons at English Field and 1,171-494-17 in games played in Blacksburg. That includes sweeping the four-game series against Yale that opened the Hokies home slate in 2012.
Games this weekend include two games on Saturday versus Temple at 11 a.m., and Holy Cross at 2:30 p.m., and then single games on Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday at 3 p.m. against Delaware. Below is the complete schedule.
11 a.m. - Temple vs. Virginia Tech
2:30 p.m. - Holy Cross vs. Virginia Tech
6 p.m. - Holy Cross vs. Delaware
11 a.m. - Holy Cross vs. Temple
2:30 p.m. - Temple vs. Holy Cross
6 p.m. - Delaware vs. Virginia Tech
3 p.m. - Delaware vs. Virginia Tech
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