TUESDAY, MAY 5
TUESDAY, MAY 5
THURSDAY, MAY 7
THRU SATURDAY, MAY 9
Tech Softball Park
THURSDAY, MAY 7
FRIDAY, MAY 8 • 2 p.m.
vs. East Tennessee State
SATURDAY, MAY 9 • 1 p.m.
vs. South Florida/Boise State
Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center
SATURDAY, MAY 9 • Noon
vs. Long Beach State
SUNDAY, MAY 10 • All Day
vs. USC/Youngstown State
Los Angeles, Calif.
The Hokies extended their longest winning streak in two years to six straight, which included four straight in ACC play, when Brendon Hayden smashed a two-run, walk-off home run off the scoreboard in right field to send the senior class home with a 2-1 "Senior Day" victory on Sunday. In that game, Patrick Naughton was nearly perfect on the mound and continued a strong week for Tech's pitching staff that posted a 2.00 ERA in 45 innings. Aaron McGarity was the star out of the pen during the week, earning a win and two saves in three appearances. Another highlight of the week was Erik Payne tying a 50-year old school record on Tuesday when he drew five walks in the win over Appalachian State.
(Baseball, Sr., Twin Lakes, Wis.)
Hayden helped lead the Hokies this week to a 5-0 record that extended the team’s winning streak to six, including four straight in the ACC. He had three multi-hit games and two multi-RBI and multi-run scoring games. He had the first two RBIs in Tech’s 3-0 win over NC A&T and two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday gave the Hokies a 2-1 walk-off victory over Boston College to complete the three-game sweep. For Hayden, it was the third walk-off of his career and the first walk-off home run for the Hokies in an ACC regular-season game since 2009 (Austin Wates, May 14, versus Virginia).
The Hokies will keep their historic run going this week after earning their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2000. After knocking off eighth-seeded Boston College in the second round of the ACC championships, the No. 39 Hokies advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history and further secured a spot in the postseason. The Hokies will fly across the country for opening-round NCAA action, taking on Long Beach State on the USC campus in Los Angeles. Following the team tournament, Francesca Fusinato will represent Tech in the individual tournament. She finished the regular season winning eight of her final ten matches and ranks as the No. 46 player in the nation. Ilinca Stoica was selected as an alternate.
The Hokies are hosting an NCAA Men’s Tennis Regional for the first time in 15 years after an impressive regular season, finishing with a 19-4 overall record. No. 15 Tech will take on SoCon champion ETSU in the opening round while No. 19 USF will square off against Boise State in the first round. In addition to the team qualifying, junior Andreas Bjerrehus will represent the Hokies at the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship. It is his first trip to the singles event, but he becomes the 15th Tech player to compete. The Hokies have sent a representative every season since 2008 and have had a player competing in 12 of the last 13 seasons.
The Hokie softball team wrapped up its regular season in strong fashion with a much-needed 9-2 win at Boston College Sunday afternoon at Shea Field in Chestnut Hill. Kelsey Mericka crushed an offering to left field for her 16th home run of the season in the fourth inning. That mark tied Megan Evans’ school record for home runs in a season and gave the Hokies a 4-2 lead. Tech tacked on five big insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning when Mericka singled to left field to drive in Jessie Mehr and Gaskill and then Michelle Prong hit her 10th home run of the season, a three-run shot to straightaway center field to put the game away. The Hokies enter postseason at 34-20, 9-14 in the ACC and will open the 2015 ACC Softball Championship against second-seeded North Carolina at Tech Softball Park on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Virginia Tech has earned its ninth consecutive berth in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. The Hokies are the seventh seed in the Noblesville Regional at the Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana, hosted by Ball State May 14-16. Illinois is the top seed in Noblesville and is joined at the site by two-time defending national champion Alabama. The Hokies are one of 10 ACC teams in the regional fields, a new league record and the most teams from any conference in this year’s tournament. The top five teams and top individual from a non-advancing team at each of the six sites, will advance to the NCAA Championship, to be played May 29- June 3 at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.
Hanna Green broke the school record in the 800 again and several other Hokies ascended in the national rankings with impressive finishes at the Payton Jordan Invitational hosted by Stanford University. In a race where seven of the nation’s top-10 times were run, Green crushed her own school record in the 800, posting an impressive time of 2:02.62 to take fifth place. Green’s time is currently ranked seventh in the nation and second in the ACC. Amanda Smith climbed to 14th in the nation with a personal best in the women’s 1,500 while finishing in fourth place in her heat. Smith’s time of 4:15.33 also ranks fifth in the ACC and second in the Virginia Tech record books. The Hokies also had athletes at the Tennessee Challenge and the Appalachian State Invitational.
The Hokies wrapped up the 2015 season on the road at Navy this week. Tech couldn’t get a win in the season finale, but saw great effort from the entire senior class on both ends of the field. Megan Will paced the Hokies with five points in the game, by way of four goals and an assist. She finished her career as Tech's all-time points leader and is second to only her cousin, Dawn Will, on the career-scoring list. Meg Bartley added a pair of goals for the Hokies in the game, and finished her career as the all-time and single season draw controls leader. Meagh Graham made it back-to-back games with double digit saves as she set a new career mark with 14 stops against the Midshipmen.
Pinch runner Logan Bible scores in the eighth inning of the Hokies’ 5-3 win over Boston College Friday night. A 6-3 victory Saturday and a 2-1 win Sunday over the Eagles extended Virginia Tech’s winning streak to six games. The Hokies put that run on the line this evening with the final home game of the season at English Field at 5:30 against the West Virginia Mountaineers.