Hokies travel to Greenville, N.C. for Pirate Invitational

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech softball team hits the road this weekend for its final non-conference tournament of the season as the Hokies (5-3) are set to take on Seton Hall, East Carolina and Coppin State in the Pirate Invitational in Greenville, N.C. from Feb. 24-26.

Saturday’s game at 6:30 p.m. against East Carolina will be streamed live on Pirates All-Access. Live stats for all games can be found on the softball schedule page on HokieSports.com.

The Hokies went 2-2 at the ACC/Big 10 Challenge in Atlanta last weekend with two wins over Iowa and two losses to Penn State. Freshman Carrie Eberle improved to 3-0 on the season in Tech’s eighth inning walk-off win over Iowa on Feb. 17. She tossed eight innings, struck out eight and allowed only one hit, all career highs, in the win over the Hawkeyes.

All-Time vs. The Field
Seton Hall: Hokies lead, 6-4 – last meeting: Virginia Tech, 9-0 (5), Feb. 22, 2015
East Carolina: Hokies lead, 9-5 – last meeting: Virginia Tech, 4-3, Feb. 22, 2015
Coppin State: First Meeting

Freshman Arms Stepping Up

  • Freshmen pitchers Taylor Barnes and Carrie Eberle have asserted themselves in the circle for the Hokies in early part of the season.
  • Barnes has come on to finish four games for Tech while also posting a 1.50 ERA in 14.0 innings pitched.
  • Eberle has a 2.42 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched and leads the Hokies with three starts.

Hokies Beat Iowa in Comeback Fashion, Twice

  • The Hokies defeated Iowa by the score of 2-1 twice to pick up two wins in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge last weekend.
  • The Hawkeyes got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second of the first meeting with a solo home run. They held onto the lead until a wild pitch scored junior Jessie Mehr in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 1-1.
  • Junior Breanna Davenport delivered with a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth that scored freshman Whitney Metz from third and gave Tech a 2-1 win.
  • In the second meeting, with the score tied at 1-1 entering the top of the sixth, redshirt sophomore Chelsea Whitcomb delivered with the go-ahead home run, her first of the season, to give the Hokies the lead for good at 2-1.

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