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Virginia Tech baseball coach Pete Hughes is past the point of satisfaction with the Hokies’ first ACC Tournament appearance in three years. The Hokies also have put themselves in consideration for an NCAA Tournament bid, but Hughes wants more than that. “I’m thinking about it all the time,” said Hughes in a Monday phone interview. “Campaigning, too.
BLACKSBURG — Most ACC baseball players spend the months between school years in a summer league, honing their craft while trying to impress pro scouts. Andrew Rash spent last summer playing golf. The Virginia Tech outfielder was upset with his subpar junior season and was disappointed that he had been bypassed in the major league draft. So instead of spending a second straight summer in the Cape Cod League, the nation’s most prestigious NCAA-sanctioned summer circuit, Rash headed home to Anderson, S.C. “I just wanted to get away from baseball, with the year I had, and just relax and enjoy the summer,” said Rash, a fifth-year senior who starts in right field for the Hokies.
Virginia's Brian O'Connor has been named the ACC coach of the year, while UVa outfielder Joe McCarthy was voted the freshman of the year. The All-ACC first team included four Cavaliers and two Hokies. O'Connor has steered fifth-ranked UVa to 45 wins, including a league-high 22 ACC wins. McCarthy is batting .333 with 47 RBIs. The All-ACC first team included UVa second baseman Reed Gragnani (.310, 48 RBIs); UVa outfielder
In the four years after he took a redshirt at Virginia Tech, wide receiver Danny Coale never missed a game, playing in 55 straight contests to conclude his college career. So an injury-riddled debut season in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys couldn’t have been any stranger. Coale suffered a stress fracture in his foot during Dallas’ first organized team activity last spring, endured quad and hamstring problems as he
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Virginia Tech softball team’s season came to an end on Sunday as the Hokies fell 1-0 to host No. 17 Kentucky in the championship game of the NCAA Lexington Regional. Kentucky’s 6-2 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday put the Hokies in a must-win game against Marshall. Tech edged Marshall 3-2 in 13 innings to lock up a spot against the Wildcats on Sunday. Needing to
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Bkaye Smith's two-out RBI single in the 13th inning kept the Hokies' season alive with a 3-2 win over Marshall in a must-win game in the NCAA regional tournament. Virginia Tech (37-20) and Marshall (36-22) had each played a game earlier in the day, with Tech falling to host No. 17 Kentucky 6-2 and Marshall downing Notre Dame 3-1. With the win over Marshall, Tech will play
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Virginia Tech scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit and give the Hokies a 4-3 win over Notre Dame on day one of the NCAA tournament. Virginia Tech (35-19), the third seed in the Lexington Region, scored first as Kat Banks hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. Notre Dame (43-13), the second seed,
BLACKSBURG — This has been a productive school year for Kylie McGoldrick. The All-ACC pick has not only helped the Virginia Tech softball team make the NCAA tournament, but she has aided the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department as well. When the Stratford, N.J., native was in high school, her family started a foundation that collects used baseball and softball equipment and donates it to organizations to help kids
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Scoring runs in six different innings, the seventh-ranked Cavaliers surgically picked apart the second-ranked Tar Heels 10-4 at Boshamer Field. Mike Papi went 3 for 6 with two RBIs, while Derek Fisher added a hit and two RBIs for Virginia (44-8, 21-7). Nate Irving chipped in three hits and an RBI for the Cavaliers. Brandon Waddell pitched seven strong innings, allowing four earned runs on eight
The last time Virginia Tech traveled west to participate in an NCAA golf tournament, the anticipated trip of a lifetime transformed into a veritable nightmare for Mikey Moyers. During the team's flight to Los Angeles for the NCAA championship last May, Moyers suddenly started to feel weak, faint and dizzy. "I didn't know it at the time, but apparently I was having panic attacks," recalled Moyers, one of the top
BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech announced Monday it will add women's golf as a varsity sport for the 2015-16 school year. Women's golf will be Tech's first new team since softball debuted in the spring of 1996. "We put it on hold four or five years ago because when we contemplated adding women's golf, the economy went down," athletic director Jim Weaver said. "We needed to wait until we got into
Iona has hired Virginia Tech assistant Billi Godsey as its new women's basketball coach. The Metro Atlantic Atheltic Conference school in New Rochelle, N.Y., will introduce her at a news conference today. Godsey was on Dennis Wolff's staff at Tech the past two seasons. Iona needed a new coach to succeed Anthony Bozzella, who was hired by Seton Hall.
The Virginia Tech softball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament Sunday for the second straight year. The Hokies were assigned to a four-team, double-elimination regional at the University of Kentucky. Tech (35-19) faces Big East regular-season champ Notre Dame (43-13) at 5 p.m. Friday. Kentucky (38-18), ranked No. 15 in the USA Softball poll and No. 18 in the USA Today coaches poll, will meet Conference USA
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Caroline McTiernan's third goal of the game proved to be the game winner as Virginia scored a 10-8 upset over sixth-seed and regional host Georgetown in the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Tournament. After an opening goal by Georgetown, Virginia (11-9) answered with four straight and eight of the next nine goals to take a commanding 8-2 lead. The Hoyas (13-6) cut the Cavalier lead to four,
Early wakeup calls go out this morning for softball players representing Roanoke College and Emory. The two teams tried to finish an NCAA Division III Salem Region elimination game Saturday, but Moyer Complex weather prevented that from happening. A brief but torrential thunderstorm on a field already soaked from a prior cloudburst that at the time had delayed the second of four scheduled games forced suspension of the Maroons-Eagles contest
Radford University's new coach, Mike McGuire, announced Friday he has hired former Virginia Tech guard Fran Recchia as an assistant. Recchia spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons at Radford as an assistant to former coach Tajama Ngongba. Recchia spent last season as an assistant at NCAA Division II member Tusculum, where former Radford assistant Katrina Williams is the head coach. Recchia was William Byrd High School's coach for three seasons.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Caitlin Dent hit a two-run homer to lead second-seeded North Carolina State to a 3-1 win over sixth-seeded Virginia Tech in an ACC softball semifinal Friday. Tech's Dani Anderson hit an RBI single in the fifth to tie the score at 1, but Dent homered in the bottom of the inning. The Hokies loaded the bases in the seventh, but Kylie McGoldrick lined out to left field
BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech and Michigan's Sugar Bowl matchup last year went over so well that the teams have agreed to a future home-and-home series. The Hokies and Wolverines will play each other in 2020 and 2021, the schools announced Thursday. The first game will be in Ann Arbor's Michigan Stadium on Sept. 19, 2020. The second will be at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg on Sept. 11, 2021. "I am
Virginia Tech's football game at East Carolina on Sept. 14 will start at noon and be televised by Fox Sports Net, Conference USA announced today. Games covered by FSN are generally shown on Comcast Sports Net (CSN) in the Roanoke area. It's the third Hokies game that has a kickoff time set in 2013. Tech opens the season Aug. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome against Alabama at 5:30 p.m. It
RADFORD — There was no “hangover” for the Virginia Tech baseball team Tuesday. The No. 25 Hokies followed up Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Virginia by defeating Radford 4-3. Tech (28-18), which rejoined the Baseball America Top 25 on Monday after a three-week absence, took the lead in the first inning and never lost it. “After an emotional weekend and a big series win, I thought our guys did a good
Bill Roth is rarely tongue-tied, but the long-time Hokies football and basketball radio broadcaster found himself struggling to come up with the right words recently when talking about his upcoming Virginia Sports Hall of Fame induction. “I’m much better at talking about other people,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s odd. I’d much rather talk about Cornell.” That would be Cornell Brown, the star defensive end from the mid-’90s who
Virginia Tech fans waited and waited and waited Saturday for one of their players to finally come off the board in the NFL Draft. Then, in a matter of minutes, two Hokies were gone. The Detroit Lions picked Hokies wide receiver Corey Fuller and the Denver Broncos selected offensive tackle Vinston Painter in a span of three picks early in the sixth round. It was the longest wait for the
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