After taking series against Florida State, sweeping BC, Hokies have won five straight ACC home games
Virginia Tech Game Notes
The weekend series: The Hokies return home to the friendly confines of English Field at Union Park, where Tech has won eight of their last 10 and six of seven. The series will begin on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m., continue Friday with the same start time and conclude on Saturday with a first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
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WEEKEND SERIES INFORMATION
Virginia Tech vs. #12 Virginia
April 13-15, 2017
English Field at Union Park
Facing Virginia: In a series that dates back to 1900, the Cavaliers and Hokies have faced each other 181 times entering the weekend – which recently passed the rivalry with VMI (177 games). The series is 97-84 in favor of Virginia, but Tech is 45-32 overall at home and 17-13 at English Field at Union Park. Since 2012, the 15 games have been dominated by the home team, with Tech winning just once at UVa (March 9, 2012 – 10-8 in 11) and the Cavaliers winning just once in Blacksburg (April 26, 2013 – 15-6).
A five-game winning streak:As stated, UVa’s last win in Blacksburg was back in 2013, so the Hokies have won five straight over the Cavaliers at English Field at Union Park (April 27, 2013 – 5-3, 11-6 and March 13-15 – 2-1, 3-1, 6-5). That’s the Hokies’ longest winning streak at home over their in-state rival since a six-gamer from April 1990-April 1994, which is also tied for the longest win streak ever at home. Tech first set the record with a six-game home win streak over UVa from April 1979-April 1985.
Another five-game winning streak: With Tech’s three-game sweep of Boston College two weekends ago, it pushed the team’s home win streak in ACC games to five straight – the second longest home winning streak in a single season in ACC play. Back in 2010, the team won six straight home ACC games – #9 Miami (April 11, 4-2), BC (April 30-May 2, 9-4, 3-1, 10-5), Duke (May 14-15, 11-3, 18-8) – a season the Hokies went 11-4 at home. The longest win streak overall was a seven-game home winning streak in ACC games, when the 2013 squad won its last four (April 27 – 5-3, 11-6 over Virginia and May 16-17, 13-2, 5-3 against Wake Forest) and opened the 2014 season with a sweep of Pittsburgh (March 14-15, 11-5, 11-10, 11-7).
Winning three straight ACC home series: This weekend, the Hokies will be looking to do what only two other teams have done in the history of the ACC, win three straight home ACC series. The 2010 squad holds the record when that team won all five of its ACC home weekends, while the 2012 team won three in a row over BC, #6 Miami and Maryland). Only three other times have the Hokies won two home series in a row – 2009, 2013 and this season.
Tech stays in front, leads nation in home runs: The Hokies and Wake Forest have been battling back and forth recently for the nation’s lead in home runs. With its four hit Tuesday at Radford, Tech stayed in front of the Demon Deacons who also hit four versus Coastal Carolina the same night. The Hokies currently lead by one at 63-62, as Wake Forest did not hit a HR at Elon Wednesday night. Since the Hokies joined the ACC (2005), Tech has surpassed 40 home runs hit in a season six times and 50 just four times. Tuesday, they passed the 2011 team, who hit 60, and have their sights set on the most home runs hit by a Tech team in an ACC season set by the 2010 squad with 81.