A Tribute to our Season
As sad as it is to say it, the 2021-2022 baseball season has come to a close for our squad following a surprising game in which Virginia Tech lost 11-2 versus the Sooners in game 3 of the Blacksburg Super Regionals. A game in which the offense could just not keep up and our pitching was unlike its usual self. We could go on and on about what we could have done differently this season but the boys played their hearts out to the end and were all a part of something historic at Virginia Tech. For the first time ever, Virginia Tech made and even hosted their own Super Regional in the NCAA tournament, and it sure won’t be the last with this talented group.
Before looking toward next season and what's in store, let's look back at how this team made history and some of the best moments from the regular season.
Before the season even started, you didn’t expect much from a team that was picked to finish near the bottom of the coastal division in the ACC preseason polls. But even with these predictions, VT looked to prove the doubters wrong when they started their season of non-conference play with a 10-1 record. While many were delighted by the talent that was shown by this team early on, people were still certain that once ACC play hit, the team would return back to their preseason prowess. Now fast forward 4 games and they are (0-4) in the ACC. It seemed like the people were right and our season would continue like this.
Instead of giving in so early in the season, the team showed a sliver of hope in their next game in which they put up 22 runs against Pittsburgh. In the months following, what could have been a disaster for the Hokies turned out to be something magical. The team went on to not lose another series for the rest of the regular season. This included wins against ranked teams at the time #12 Notre Dame, #18 North Carolina, #21 NC State, #2 Miami, #11 Virginia (including the Commonwealth Cup), and #7 Louisville. And although certain parts of postseason play didn’t go the way of the Hokies, it can be said that this team was a treat to watch.
Best Moments from the Regular Season
1. Coming back in the last moments against Villanova that led to a walk off win was special, but was even more special when they did it again 3 days later against Liberty.
2. The opportunity to be able to play a game against Boston College in Fenway Park in which we won 6-1. A unique experience for the squad and something the fans enjoyed for sure.
3. 7 players for the Hokies having an OPS over 1.000. Goes to show just how great this offense really was.
4. Last but certainly not least, THE HAMMER! We all know what the hammer means to this team and what it means to the fans. It brings excitement to the dugout everytime a ball is hammered over the fence or in Nick Biddison’s case lost in the field of play. Even when the NCAA banned the use of the hammer in the super regionals, the tool was not forgotten.
So now that this season has come to a close, let’s appreciate all this team has done throughout their historic season. But more importantly, appreciate how they gave Hokie fans and students something to cheer for during the season and hopefully in the future.