The weekend: Tech continues its 121st season of baseball by facing another ACC newcomer in Notre Dame. Former Big East rivals meet for the first time in a conference setting since 2004, when Tech lost two-of-three in South Bend, Ind. The two teams met last year in the Irish Classic in Cary, N.C., with Notre Dame coming out on top 3-0.
Tech in its ACC home-opening weekend: In its 10th season in the conference, Tech finally won its first ever ACC home opener with its 11-5 win over Pittsburgh last Friday. Overall, before its three-game sweep of the Panthers last weekend, the Hokies held just a 5-19 record in their first home conference weekend, winning just one series – against Maryland in 2010.
The sweep over Pittsburgh was the first for the Hokies in an ACC home-opening weekend and marked the sixth straight season they have swept at least on ACC series. This was just the third ACC home sweep with the other two being against Boston College (2010 & 2012).
Piling up the runs: In the sweep of the Panthers, the Hokies scored 11 runs in each of the games, marking the first time they have scored at least 10 runs in all three games of an ACC series. Just once before had Tech scored at least 10 runs in three straight ACC games and that was back in 2010 (May 2, 10 vs. BC & May 14-15, 11 & 18 vs. Duke). It had been almost 20 years since the Hokies scored at least 10 runs in a league series (win or lose). Back in 1994, Tech swept Louisville in a three-game Metro Conference series by scores of 15-4, 25-4 and 14-8.
Adding one more nugget to the offensive outburst the Hokies enjoyed the previous week – they scored at least 10 runs in all five games - the stretch marked the first time since the 2008 season that the team had reached double figures in runs scored in five straight games (Feb. 29 - March 2).
Hokies pick up honors: With such an offensive week and an ACC series sweep, a pair of Hokies picked up some honors this week. On Monday, Mark Zagunis earned Tech’s eighth ever ACC Player of the Week selection, while College Sports Madness announced Tuesday that Brendon Hayden was named “Madness ACC Player of the Week.”
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