March 7, 2013
Top 25 matchup highlights ACC weekend at English Field
The No. 24 Hokies face No. 14 Georgia Tech in league opener
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The weekend series: The Hokies, currently ranked No. 24 by Baseball America, continue their 120th season of baseball this weekend against No. 14 Georgia Tech, welcoming the Yellow Jackets to English Field for a three-game ACC set.

A return to the Top 25: With its success the first weekend of the season, Tech found itself ranked in the Top 25 in the first in-season Baseball America poll, entering at No. 24. It marked the first time the Hokies had been ranked since the end of the 2010 season, when they were 16th in the BA poll heading into the NCAA Baseball Championship.

Facing a ranked GT: Since joining the ACC, Virginia Tech has faced Georgia Tech 25 times, which includes a game in the 2010 ACC Championship in Greensboro, N.C. The Hokies have not faced an unranked Yellow Jacket team in their time in the ACC, as Georgia Tech has been ranked as high as No. 3 and as low as 21 in those matchups.

Ranked and facing GT: Of those 25 games against a ranked Georgia Tech team, the Hokies have been ranked just four times and all four were during the 2010 season. The first three came in an ACC series in Atlanta, Ga. when VT was No. 20 and GT was No. 3. VT won the series, 2-1. The last time was in the ACC Championship, when the No. 18 Hokies defeated the No. 6 Yellow Jackets, 6-2, on the first day of the tournament.

An unfamiliar start: In nine season in the ACC, this will be just the second time Virginia Tech will open the conference slate at home, ending a seven-year stretch of opening on the road. The last time the Hokies opened an ACC season at home, they hosted No. 11 North Carolina. The series consisted of the opener - a UNC victory - while the rest of the weekend was cancelled due to rain. In season-opening games, Tech is now 3-5 with wins over the Yellow Jackets (5-3) in 2007, Duke (19-4) in 2009, and an 10-8 victory in 11 innings last year at Virginia.

Follow live stats all weekend long on hokiesports.com and get game updates via twitter @VT_Baseball. Virginia Tech will also be providing audio and video of the games, check All-Access for what is available for each game.

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