Free BBQ for local first responders. Local first responders will be recognized throughout the game.×
at Florida State
SUNDAY, APR. 19
Tallahassee, Fla. All Day
vs. North Carolina
SUNDAY, APR. 19
English Field 1 p.m. • ESPN3
Hokie Baseball t-shirts for the first 250 fans. Kids 12 and under will receive a free giveaway item (while supplies last), be invited to stand with the team for the national anthem and will have the opportunity to circle the bases following the conclusion of the game.×
SUNDAY, APR. 19
Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center 1 p.m.
Virginia Tech’s quarterbacks threw for 337 yards and six touchdowns to headline the Hokies’ second intrasquad scrimmage of the spring Saturday at Lane Stadium. Tech’s offense finished with 566 yards on the day. Quarterback Michael Brewer threw five touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown, and Brenden Motley rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one. Bucky Hodges caught three touchdown passes. Tech’s projected first-team defense only gave up two touchdowns. The Hokies recorded 11 sacks, including two each by Deon Clarke and Woody Baron. Ronny Vandyke returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Tech will hold a third open scrimmage next Saturday. Admission is free, with the practice portion starting at 10:45 and the scrimmage starting approximately 30 minutes later. The annual Spring Game will be in Lane Stadium at 2 p.m., on April 25.
The No. 42 Hokies recorded back-to-back sweeps this weekend as they knocked off NC State Friday afternoon and Syracuse on Sunday. No. 46 Francesca Fusinato helped lead the way for the Hokies as she was perfect on the weekend, sealing the sweep against the Wolfpack and adding a doubles and quick singles win against the Orange. Fusinato's doubles partner in both matches, Elena Cerezo-Codina, also went undefeated through the weekend of play. Cerezo-Codina helped Tech work its way to a sweep when she picked up a win on Court 3 against NC State, and later clinched the win after a feisty battle from the No. 3 spot against Syracuse. Cerezo-Codina and Fusinato have now won eight of their last nine singles matches.
Francesca Fusinato (W. Tennis, Soph., Feltre, Belluno, Italy)
Fusinato didn't drop a match in the Hokies' sweep of both NC State and Syracuse over the weekend. The No. 46 player in the country helped the Hokies with a pair of singles wins at the No. 2 spot, earning a three-set win against the Wolfpack to seal the sweep on Friday and later easing to a 6-1, 6-1 win on Sunday against Syracuse. Fusinato also teamed up with Elena Cerezo-Codina for a pair of doubles wins to put the Hokies in position for the point. Fusinato has now won eight of her last nine matches, all at No. 2.
Women’s DMR sets school record at Tennessee Relays
The Virginia Tech track & field teams saw some quality performances over the weekend at the Tennessee Relays. The women’s distance medley relay team – consisting of Shannon Morton, Hanna Green, Paige Kvartunas and Katarina Smiljanec – won in a new school record time of 11:23.09. In the invitational section of the men’s pole vault, Chris Uhle posted a third-place finish with an outdoor personal best of 17’09” (5.41m), which currently ranks fifth in the nation. Tech dominated the women’s 1,500-meter race claiming five of the top 10 spots. Green (4:23.20), Kvartunas (4:25.29) and Sarah Rapp (4:26.25) posted a one-three-four finish. Smiljanec finished in sixth, crossing the finish line at 4:28.01. Katie Kennedy ended up in eighth with a time of 4:28.54.
The 12th-ranked Hokies took down Georgia Tech 6-1 on Sunday when Hunter Koontz and Florian Nicoud were honored on Senior Day. The Hokies took the doubles point, but the Yellow Jackets tied it up with the first win in singles. Virginia Tech reclaimed the lead with wins from Jai Corbett and Edoardo Tessaro. Andreas Bjerrehus, ranked 32nd, secured the team win on court two. The final two matches were battles, beginning with 113th-ranked Joao Monteiro claiming a 7-6 (12-10), 6-4 decision. Koontz (119th) was the final match on court, playing in the No. 3. After dropping the first set 6-3, Koontz came back to win the second 6-4. The third was played out as a super-tiebreaker and Koontz was able to pull out the win, 20-18.
Softball splits in non-conference Commonwealth Clash action
Due to the ACC’s scheduling format, Virginia Tech and Virginia did not play conference games this year, but split a pair of non-conference games in Charlottesville last week with the Hokies winning the first game, 7-4, but dropping the nightcap, 5-2. In the opener, Breanna Davenport started the scoring with a two-run home run, and led the way with four hits while Kelsey Mericka had three for an offense that pounded out 12 hits. Maggie Tyler went six innings, allowing four runs on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Kelly Heinz picked up the save by pitching the seventh inning, picking up a strikeout. In the second game, the Cavs used a three-run fifth inning to break open a tie and pull away for the 5-2 win.
The Hokies traveled to Miami for an ACC weekend series against the 11th-ranked Hurricanes. Tech lost the series, but Alex Perez highlighted the trip to his hometown. First, his RBI triple on Friday was his sixth of the year, tying him for the third most ever in a single season at Tech with four other Hokies. It was also the 13th of his career, the third most ever in a career at the school. His single on Saturday was the 200th of his collegiate career, making him just the eighth Tech player to reach that milestone over the past decade. Lastly, Perez’ single on Sunday extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 straight games, one shy of Tech’s longest for the year.
The Hokies kept things close, but eventually fell 13-11 to No. 3 Boston College on Saturday afternoon. Tech honored its six-member senior class before the game, and those seniors were the ones to shine in the close contest. Cawley Bromley finished with a career-high five points on four assists and a goal, while Megan Will also had five points on four goals and an assist. Boston College scored first, but the Hokies had an answer for nearly every goal. With the teams tied just before halftime, Mary Kate O'Neill scored for the Eagles to put them up one. The teams traded goals in the second half until Boston College went up by three, and Tech was never able to get any closer.
Prior to their final home game against Boston College Saturday, the Hokie lacrosse program celebrated the careers of Jack Boissonneault, Megan Will, Rachel Skay, Maddie Hess, Cawley Bromley and Meg Bartley. This senior class has been a part of 31 wins, including one of the biggest in program history when Tech upset then-No. 7 Virginia in 2012. As a class, they have combined to start 218 of the 312 games they’ve played in, and tallied 467 points, 356 draws and 85 caused turnovers. The Hokies have a game at Virginia Friday remaining on the schedule as well as the ACC championship in Charlottesville the next week.
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