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Hokies sweep ‘Hoos on Senior Day

The Virginia Tech softball team collected four wins last weekend, highlighted by seven home runs against Virginia on Saturday, clinching the Senior Day sweep. Kelsey Mericka’s grand slam highlighted the Hokies’ five home runs in the game one shutout to tie a program record from 2015. Tech added two more homers in the second game, taking a 10-1 lead by the end of the second. Lauren Duff tied the program record with two home runs in a single game. Maggie Tyler tossed all four wins to improve to 22-17 on the season with her 10th shutout of the season. With the 5-3 win over Elon on Wednesday and a three-game sweep of UVA, head coach Scot Thomas earned his 750th program win.



Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Kelsey Mericka
(Softball • r-Senior • Kennesaw, Ga.)
Mericka led the Hokies offense with seven RBI and a .636 average, including a perfect outing at the plate in game two on Saturday with a three-run home run. The redshirt-senior launched her second grand slam of the season to solidify Tech’s 15-0 rout of rival Virginia on Senior Day. She posted a 1.182 slugging percentage at the plate with perfect fielding at third.

Men’s tennis team earns NCAA bid for the tenth consecutive season

Virginia Tech will compete in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships for the 10th straight season. The 32nd-ranked Hokies will open the event at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, against No. 20 Kentucky at host school Ohio State. Tech’s seniors are familiar with the Wildcats after the group traveled to Lexington in 2012 as freshmen and played UK in the second round of the NCAAs. Senior Aaron Gomez scored for the Hokies with a point on court six, but Joao Monteiro, Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini all saw action in the match which the then-veteran Wildcats won 4-1. Two Kentucky players from that match are still on the team with seniors Beck Pennington and Charles Minc. The winner will advance to face the winner between Tennessee Tech and Ohio State.

Tech women earn second consecutive NCAA bid

The Hokies will make their second straight trip to the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships as Tech travels to Lubbock, Texas, to face Mississippi State on Friday, May 13. Virginia Tech enters the field ranked 34th in the ITA standings and will make its second trip to TTU this season, as the Hokies also faced the Red Raiders early in the spring during the ITA Kickoff. The Bulldogs enter the tournament with a 17-8 overall record to go with a 7-6 mark in SEC play. They enter the tournament ranked 21st nationally. The winner will advance to face the winner between Boston University and Texas Tech.

Noting the Hokies in the NFL Draft

• CB Kendall Fuller was a third-round pick of the Washington Redskins (84th overall).
• DE Dadi Nicolas was taken in the sixth round by the Kansas City Chiefs (203rd overall).
• Fuller became the fourth sibling in his family to be drafted, joining brothers Vinnie, Corey and Kyle.
• The Fullers are the second set of four brothers to all be drafted in the Super Bowl era (the Browners are the other family) and are the only quartet who all attended the same school.
• A total of 95 Virginia Tech players who played for Frank Beamer became NFL Draft picks.
• 41 defensive players who have played for defensive coordinator Bud Foster have been drafted.
• Virginia Tech has had at least one player selected in each of the past 23 NFL Drafts. 

Tech Track & Field teams tearing it up

Senior Thomas Curtin led the Hokies with a school record 13:33.88-finish in the 5,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invite, finishing as the fourth-best collegian in the event. On the women’s side, Rachel Pocratsky led the team with a sixth-finish in the 800 meters in section four. Her 2:05.30 finish ranks third in Virginia Tech program history. In the 1,500 meters, Neil Gourley clocked in at 3:42.70 to place eighth overall and fourth collegian in section two to maintain his top-10 program ranking. At the Highlander Invite, Tech dominated the 1,500 meters. Brent Musselman set a personal best time, clocking in at 3:52.49 to place first. Tessa Riley led the women’s team with a personal record, 4:28.01 to win the women’s event.

Baseball squad splits on the week

The Hokies 2-2 week started with a comeback for the ages on Tuesday, as they trailed 10-2 entering the eighth frame at Liberty but registered an 11-10 victory. An eight-run eighth tied the game before Sam Fragale plated the game winner with a single in the ninth. Tech got strong pitching efforts all weekend in its ACC series at Boston College, but only managed one win in the set. Friday, Kit Scheetz and Jon Woodcock combined on a 5-0 shutout, as Scheetz earned his team-high fifth win with Woodcock posting his first collegiate save. Both teams managed just six runs each in the series, as BC won 2-0 and 4-1 to take the series.

Lacrosse ends season with ACC tourney loss in Lane Stadium

 

The eighth-seeded Virginia Tech lacrosse team fell to top-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday afternoon at Lane Stadium, 19-6. Jessi Thon and sophomore Tristan McGinley led the team with two goals each. Thon also had three draw controls while McGinley had two. Junior Colleen Ward assisted on three of Tech’s six goals. The loss in the quarterfinals to UNC concludes the Hokies 2016 season.




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Softball honors seniors, gets right back to work

The Hokies had an emotional senior ceremony Saturday when Kiara Ota, Maggie Tyler, Katey Smith and Kelsey Mericka were honored before Tech’s double-header to wrap up their series with rival Virginia. The Hokies brushed aside the tears and came together to sweep the ‘Hoos in fine fashion. Tech has one regular season game remaining before the ACC Championship in Raleigh May 12-14 and is fighting for its fifth-consecutive berth in the NCAA Championships.