After an impressive turnaround season that included an ACC Regular Season title, Virginia Tech softball officially earned its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2015.
Lexington here we come!
The road to OKC begins on Friday 🤙
— Virginia Tech Softball (@HokiesSoftball) May 13, 2019
The Hokies will be headed to the Lexington Regional and will take on Illinois in their opening game. On the other side of the bracket is #14 Kentucky vs. Toledo with the winners and losers set to face after the opening round in the double elimination regional format.
Head coach Pete D’Amour had this to say on Twitter after the Hokies received the good news.
It’s a great accomplishment to go to the NCAA tournament and grateful our seniors get to experience it. I’m pretty dang proud of this group. Now let’s go educate some that we’re the “Hokies.” 🦃🦃🦃
— Pete (@VTsoftballCoach) May 13, 2019
The fact that the Hokies were almost able to earn a regional host/top 16 seed despite the fact that they were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, a testament to how well the Hokies did during the regular season.
Virginia Tech also has a relatively good draw with a relatively short trip to Lexington against a Kentucky team that may have played in a strong SEC but went 33-22 overall and only 14-10 in SEC play while Illinois made the tournament despite being below .500 in Big 10 action. Add in a Toledo that barely finished above .500 and the Hokies have a great opportunity especially with the dominant pitching duo of Carrie Eberle and Keely Rochard to lead the charge.
Virginia Tech is back on the biggest stage in collegiate softball with a great draw for making a run this year.