BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech Hokies remain unbeaten in the NCAA DI Baseball Tournament after a 7-2 win over Columbia Sunday night. The win came in the Blacksburg Regional Final which means the fourth ranked Hokies have advanced to their first ever Super Regional in program history.
“I’m just so happy for our players and our coaching staff,” said Hokies head coach John Szefc. “There’s so much that goes into this. These guys have been tremendous. Just a great group to hang out with even baseball aside. I’m just really happy that they can enjoy this in Blacksburg together.”
The night started well at the plate with Tanner Schobel hitting a 2-run home run to left field for the 2-0 lead over the Lions. That was followed up by Nick Biddison RBI triple in the second inning. The Hokies held a 3-0 advantage.
Their work at the plate was backed up by great work on the mound. Ryan Metz got the start for Virginia Tech, going 4.2 innings and tallying 4 strikeouts and allowing just one run on three hits.
“This team has just been different,” Metz said. “I’ve been part of 5 different Virginia Tech teams all with different cultures, motto’s and how they go about their business and this one has just been the most fun one to be a part of in my opinion.”
Tech increased its lead in the 5th inning, with a 3-run home run by Carson DeMartini and a solo home run by Nick Biddison. It was 7-1 Hokies in front as they headed to the eighth inning. That’s when Columbia was able to yield one run on an RBI single by Anton Lazits to make it a 7-2 ballgame.
“Pretty special,” said Hokies utility player Nick Biddison. My first year here I think we were dead last in the ACC or second to last so to see all the hard work pay off is special.”
But the Hokies never wavered--on the mound or at the plate. They went on to seal the game and the Blacksburg Regional with the 7-2 victory.
Virginia Tech will host the winner of the Gainesville Regional in the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament next weekend.