The NCAA confirmed tonight what seemed inevitable for weeks now, Virginia Tech Baseball will host a NCAA Regional this upcoming weekend at English Field.
This is the second time that the Hokies will host a NCAA regional in program history after hosting in 2013 previously. Tech will also certainly receive the highest seeding in program history with #3 appearing to be the consensus projection currently, guaranteeing that the Hokies would host a Super Regional if they made it that far.
This also officially means that Virginia Tech is in the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the first time under John Szefc and first time since the Hokies last hosted a regional in 2013.
This comes after the best season in Virginia Tech Baseball history so far with the Hokies going 41-12 including winning their final 9 ACC series of the season on their way to not only winning the ACC Coastal but also earning the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament and also unofficially being the ACC regular season champions.
Their 41 wins are already the most for the Hokies since Tech had 42 wins in 1999 while they'll have to reach Omaha to surpass the school record 50 win mark from 1982 and 1985. Tech's current winning percentage of .774 is the best since the 1982 Hokies had a .847 winning percentage though they won't surpass the best winning percentage from the 21-0 Hokies in 1915.
Tech could have been as high as #2 overall though their early exit in Charlotte combined with Stanford's success out west likely will have them as the #3 seed when the bracket and seedings are announced tomorrow at noon.
Regardless, this is a team that has continued to impress led by a high-powered offense with six players who have 10+ home runs this season in future first round pick Gavin Cross plus Jack Hurley, Tanner Schobel, Nick Biddison, Cade Hunter, and breakout freshman Carson DeMartini. They may be joined soon by Carson Jones who has broken out over the past 2 weeks with 7 home runs in his past 6 games after playing only twice between the Pittsburgh series and the Kansas State game.
Tech's pitching has also proven strong led by star freshman Drue Hackenberg with veteran Griffin Green being the lead starter for the Hokies this season. Jordan Geber has become a quality third starter for Tech while their bullpen has proven solid led by transfer Kiernan Higgins.