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Spotlight shines on Hokies at second annual Gobblers awards

The Virginia Tech athletics department celebrated the athletic and academic accomplishments of its student-athletes and coaches Saturday night at the Second Annual Gobblers awards show held at the Moss Arts Center on campus. With a format similar to the ESPY’s, The Gobblers recognize individual and team athletics achievement and other sports-related performances. “Marquee” awards were given for Best Game, Best Sports Moment, Male Rookie of the Year, Female Rookie of the Year, SAAC Member of the Year, ACC Top VI for Service, Best Breakthrough, Best Upset, Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, The Frank Beamer Staff Excellence Award and the Best Championship Performance – given to the wrestling team for its fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Hokies sweep weekend series

A total of five Hokies knocked in at least five runs over the weekend as the Virginia Tech baseball team swept a three-game nonconference series over visiting Alcorn State at English Field at Union Park. In Saturday’s doubleheader, Nick Anderson collected all five of his RBIs in Game 1, which included a three-run home run, while Ryan Tufts hit a home run in both games, the second was a three-run shot that turned a one-run contest into an 8-4 advantage. Phil Sciretta, Mac Caples and Sam Fragale all had four RBIs in Sunday’s blowout win, as Tech tied a school record with 10 doubles. The Hokies outscored the Braves 41-13 in the three-game set. Packy Naughton, Joey Sullivan and Connor Coward all picked up wins in the series.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Ryan Tufts
(Baseball • Junior • Bridgewater, Mass.)
Shortstop Ryan Tufts highlighted the Hokies offense this week, posting a .500 batting average to go along with a .588 on-base percentage and a team-best 1.071 slugging percentage. His seven runs and eight RBIs also led the team. Tufts hit safely in all four games this week, which included a multi-hit and multi-RBI game in each of the three weekend games against Alcorn State. In Saturday’s doubleheader, Tufts, who had hit one home run in his previous 338 at-bats entering the weekend, went deep in both games, including a three-run shot in Game 2 that padded a one-run lead into an 8-4 advantage. The Bridgewater, Mass., native had just two career games with at least three RBIs before he doubled that output this past weekend and also notched his first four-run scoring game with his effort on Sunday. He was also flawless in the field, with two putouts and 12 assists, including a season-high six in Game 2 on Saturday.

Monteiro and doubles pair earn NCAA bids as well

Virginia Tech senior Joao Monteiro was named to the NCAA singles championships and will enter the field seeded in the top-16, earning All-America honors. Monteiro will also pair up with teammate Andreas Bjerrehus in the doubles competition. Monteiro becomes the Hokies’ third All-American and the first since Aaron Marchetti earned the honor in 1999. Oliver Mayo is Tech’s other All-American, earning it in 1996. This marks the ninth consecutive season the Hokies have had a representative in the singles field. Monteiro will pair up with his teammate and fellow senior Bjerrehus in the NCAA doubles competition as well. The pair has been ranked in the top-25 all spring and as high as seventh with a record of 11-4 at the one. They become the first Tech duo to make the field since Nicolas Delgado and Pedro Graber in 2007.

Lane selected to vie for NCAA Men’s Golf Individual Championship

Junior Joey Lane earned a berth in the NCAA Men’s Golf Regionals. Lane, from Great Falls, Va., will participate in the NCAA Franklin Regional, to be held at the Vanderbilt Legends North Course in Franklin, Tennessee, in suburban Nashville. Play will begin on Monday, May 16. At the conclusion of the three-day event, the top five teams will advance, along with the top individual not on an advancing team, to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon on May 27-June 1. Lane led the Hokies in scoring average and “Crunch Time” scoring average this season. He had seven top 20 finishes this season, including two top 5 finishes and three additional top 10 finishes. This will be his third consecutive NCAA regional appearance.

Tech women head back to Texas Tech for NCAA tourney

Virginia Tech travels to Lubbock, Texas, to face Mississippi State on Friday, May 13, in its second straight trip to the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships. The Hokies enter the field ranked 34th in the ITA standings and are making their second trip to Texas Tech this season, as Tech also faced the Red Raiders in Lubbock early in the spring in the ITA Kickoff. MSU enters 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.

Track & Field teams finish regular season, will compete at ACC championships this weekend

The Virginia Tech track & field teams participated in three different meets last week. The Hokies’ traveled to Liberty’s Twilight Qualifier on Wednesday, earning several top-five marks. Shanel Burr and Jada Gundran started the day off strong for the Hokies, placing second and third in the 100-meter hurdle prelims to advance to finals. Tech hosted the Hokie Twilight Qualifier, collecting several top finishes at the second of three meets this week. To begin the day, Chris Uhle dominated the men's pole vault with a first-place finish. His 5.47-meter (17-11.25) clearance ranks fifth in program history. Daniel Jaskowak and Shalonda Mitchell logged a pair of personal bests at NC State’s Wolfpack Last Chance meet on Friday. Tech will compete at the ACC championships Friday through Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida.

Softball wins regular season finale, prepares for ACCs

The Hokies regular season finale came down to the final inning when Tech ended the game’s scoring drought with two runs, holding East Tennessee State scoreless despite five hits to earn the 2-0 win. As the game was looking to head into extras, cleanup hitter Lauren Duff launched her fifth home run of the season to give the Hokies the win. Maggie Tyler tossed her 26th complete game with 10 strikeouts, marking the seventh time this season the ace has thrown out double-digit batters. The sixth-seeded Virginia Tech softball team will face off against No. 3-seeded Notre Dame on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., at the 2016 ACC Softball Championship, hosted by NC State.

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Gearing up for the ACCs and NCAAs

The Virginia Tech track & field teams have been working hard all spring and helped wrap up regular-season events with a small meet in Blacksburg last Thursday. The focus has been to get athletes qualified for postseason events and to get them peaking at the right time, and the Hokies now hope those efforts are reflected in the teams’ performances at the ACC meet at FSU this weekend and at the upcoming NCAA events.