Top seeded No. 2 Hokies open ACC tournament run in Charlotte

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BLACKBURG — With its first ACC Coastal Division championship under its belt, the #2-capped Virginia Tech baseball team will seek its title this week at the 2022 ACC Baseball Championship, being held at Truist Field in Charlotte, in its first postseason to manifest crown. North Carolina.

Tech will play his first of two games in Pool A on Thursday, May 26 when the Hokies meet 12th-seeded Clemson at 7:00 p.m. Win affair to beat the pool and advance to the weekend.

Thursday and Friday pool games will be broadcast on the regional ACC sports networks (click here for affiliates). Should the Hokies champion Pool A advance to the ACC semifinals, Tech would take on the winner of Pool D at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 when the game airs on ACC Network.

The 2022 ACC Championship game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 on Sunday, May 29 at 12:00 p.m. For tech home broadcasts, fans can tune into the WRAD-FM 101.7 radio or the HokieSports app to listen to the games, dubbed the Hokies’ play-by-game stations, EvanHughes.









SERIES SCHEDULE
Day date time Opponent network radio
Do. May 26 19 o’clock Clemson RSN WRAD-FM 101.7
Mrs. May 27th 19 o’clock North Carolina RSN WRAD-FM 101.7
sat 28th of May 13 o’clock ACC semifinals ACCN WRAD-FM 101.7
Sun. May 29th 12 o’clock ACC Championship ESPN2 WRAD-FM 101.7

POSSIBLE BEGINNERS

Thursday: TBD vs. TBD

Friday: TBD vs. TBD

THREE THINGS TO KNOW
A magical journey: Virginia Tech enters the postseason as the nation’s No. 2 consensus team, having ranked in D1Baseball’s top 10 for six straight weeks. The Hokies are one of the greatest stories in college baseball. The Hokies, who are expected to finish sixth in the ACC Coastal Division in February, suffered a five-game losing streak in mid-March, culminating in their 4-0 start to the ACC game. Since Tech had 22 runs to end the series against Pitt on March 19, it has won 30 of its last 35 regular-season games and notched up nine straight wins in the ACC series to win the Coastal Division — its title in the first division in its league history. With the best record in the ACC (19-9), the Hokies arrive in Charlotte No. 1 on the top row in Pool A and are riding on a six-game winning streak. Tech’s path to Saturday’s ACC semifinals is easy — a Friday night win over eighth-seeded North Carolina will take the Hokies out of division/pool play for the first time since 2013.

Price class of the Hokies: Virginia Tech, a high-performing ball club, set a program record when it was rewarded with eight All-ACC student-athletes and placed seven in the league’s three All-Conference teams behind ACC Coach of the Year John Szefc. The Hokies are led by their four All-ACC First Team selections: third-year outfielders Gavin Crossfreshman pitcher Dr. HackenbergSophomore outfielder Jack Hurley and sophomore shortstop Tanner Schobel. On Tuesday, Cross and Schobel were named two of the 31 national semifinalists for the 2022 Golden Spikes Award, presented to the United States’ top amateur baseball player. Meanwhile, Hurley and Schobel were both honored as semifinalists for the 2022 Dick Howser Trophy — college baseball’s honor equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. Third-year tech catcher Cade Hunter was named to the 2022 All-ACC Second Team and was named a semifinalist for the 2022 Buster Posey Award, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate catcher. Among the Hokies recently honored at year-end was a fourth-year outfielder Nick Bidison and sophomore pitcher Griffin Green garnered All-ACC Third Team kudos as a rookie third baseman Carson DeMartini was selected to the ACC All-Freshman Team.


Bid for premieres: Virginia Tech plans to host a handful of program premieres in Charlotte this week. The Hokies are seeking their first ACC tournament victories under the guidance of the head coach John Szefc, who holds a postseason record of 36-26 and won four postseason championships – all at Marist (1997, 2000-02). Tech has yet to defeat North Carolina during the ACC tournament, during the 2013 championship game, and again during the 2015 play-in round. The Hokies are also fighting for their first program wins at Truist Field – home of the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox Double-A daughter).

NEXT
Virginia Tech No. 2 awaits his selection to the 2022 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship at 12 noon on Monday, May 30 while The Selection Show airs on ESPN2. The Hokies are close to hosting their first NCAA Regional since 2013 and potentially winning the program’s first national top-8 seed in the tournament.

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