The weekend series: Tech continues its 121st season of baseball by taking a short trip north to Charlottesville, Va., to take on the No. 1-ranked Virginia Cavaliers. For the first time since April 19, 2000, the Hokies will enter a game versus Virginia with a three-game winning streak against them. The Hokies won that meeting back in 2000, 7-6 in 10 frames, to push their streak to four straight (which hadn’t been done since the late 1980s).
Winning five games in six tries in the ACC: At least one time each of the past six seasons, Tech has registered at least five wins in a six-game span in conference play. The most ever in a six-game span was the six wins by the 2009 squad, while the 2010 squad won five in a row, the second-longest streak ever for the Hokies in ACC play.
However, those two years and the 2011, 2012 & 2013 seasons, the Hokies never won five games in a six-game stretch before April 1, which the 2014 Hokies have now done.
Which means?: The 2014 Hokies are now tied for the best start to ACC play after nine games, in their 10-year history in the league, as they have matched last year’s squad that also started 5-4. Prior to the past two seasons, the best start in ACC play was back in 2010 when the Hokies started 4-5. Both the 2010 and 2013 Hokies advanced to the ACC and NCAA Baseball Championships.
Moving forward, the 2010 Hokies posted six wins after 12 games in the ACC, the most wins before the 2013 squad topped them again with a 7-5 mark after its fourth conference weekend.
Bullpen saving (and winning) the day: Over the past two weekends, the Hokies bullpen has stepped up their efforts. Prior to the Pittsburgh series, which started on March 14, Tech’s relievers had combined to throw 72.2 innings and had allowed 52 earned runs for a 6.19 ERA.
Since, the bullpen has been quite reliable, combining to throw 31.0 innings and had allowed just one earned run for a 0.29 ERA. They are also 5-0 with four saves over the last seven games.
Interestingly, their counterparts in the other dugout have not been as reliable, as the Hokies torched opponent bullpens for 21 runs over 27 innings pitched for a 5.33 ERA over the past seven games. But that’s about the norm for the season for Tech’s opponent’s bullpen (5.28 ERA).
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