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Softball Report Week 11: Hokies Fall to Syracuse in Final ACC Series of Regular Season

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The Hokies looked to keep their momentum moving forward as they near the end of the regular season

Virginia Tech softball looked to keep their 11-game win streak going this past weekend as they traveled up to New York to take on the Syracuse Orange (25-21, 7-14 ACC). The series not only wraps up play for the month of April for the Hokies, but it also finishes regular season conference play for the team as well.

Game 1:

Hokies  7 | Orange  3

Player of the Game: Cori McMillan (1-3, HR, RBI)

Both teams seemed to struggle with getting the bats going in the first game to start the weekend. While the Hokies did have more hits in the game than the Orange, the team was only able to put up one run, which came off of a fourth-inning solo home run from junior Cori McMillan. The game one loss on Friday snapped the 11 game winning streak the Gobblers had going throughout April.

Game 2:

Hokies  7 | Orange  3

Player of the Game: Cori McMillan (1-2, HR, 3 RBI)

Virginia Tech bounced back on Saturday as it grabbed a win in game two of the series. Seniors Emma Ritter and Addy Greene hit back-to-back solo homers in the sixth to put the Hokies up 3-2. However, Syracuse fought back to tie the game up and send it to extra innings. But the effort just was not enough for the Orange, as Virginia Tech exploded through in the eighth with a three-run home run from Cori McMillan. The team would hold onto its 7-3 lead to get the win. It should also be mentioned that with her clutch home run on Saturday, Cori McMillan also helped the team set the Virginia Tech program record for the most home runs in a season.

Game 3:

Hokies  2 | Orange  6

Player of the Game: Cameron Fagan (1-3, R)

The Hokies failed to get much offense going in the final game of the series. After falling to a 4-0 deficit through five innings, the maroon & orange were able to put up two runs in the sixth, one of them coming off of a knock from McMillan. However Syracuse would answer back at the bottom of the inning with two runs to extend its lead to 6-2. The Gobblers were unable to put any more runs across and would drop the third game, along with the series, to finish out what was overall a rather successful month of April.

The Week Ahead:

Virginia Tech wraps up its regular season contests this week as it takes on Liberty on the road on May 1st, then closes out the season with a double-header at home in Blacksburg against Robert Morris on May 4th. After that comes the ACC championship from May 8th to may 11th, as the Hokies will look to take on top ACC opponents in Florida State and Duke. The Hokies look to finish the season strong and have their eyes set on a return to the NCAA Championship for a second year in a row.

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Having grown up in Northern Virginia, my love for sports first started with watching games at Nationals park. However, my fandom proudly extends to the West Coast as well. As my dad grew up in the Bay Area of California, his love for the A’s and Raiders has been passed down to me and has made me a lifelong fan of the two teams. 

Now I can safely say that my collegiate loyalty lies with Virginia Tech. I’m currently studying Communications at Tech with hopes of building a career in entertainment, whatever that may entail.

My favorite sports memories in Blacksburg here have been made on game days. My favorite so far was my first Commonwealth Clash experience, as I watched the Hokies destroy UVA 55-17 up in Lane Stadium North my freshman year (and also punch their ticket to the Military Bowl in the final game of the season). This will probably change, however, when Tech wins again next year.

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