The Virginia Tech baseball team got a big boost in national exposure this week by receiving the No. 25 spot in the Baseball America top 25 poll, its first appearance since 1992.
Last weekend, the Hokies (21-10, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) took two of three games against then-No. 4 Florida State at Mike Martin field, one of the most intimidating venues in all of college baseball.
The series victory against the Seminoles was the first in Tech baseball history, a true milestone for the Hokies, but head coach Pete Hughes and his players felt Tech should have produced a sweep.
“I’ll tell you what. Our guys were aggravated that we didn’t sweep Florida State,” Hughes said. “That’s when I knew we’ve got a different mindset than years past. There was no, ‘Yeah, great job fellas, way to go, we just beat Florida State two out of three.’ They were very, very upset for a long time that we didn’t sweep them, because if you watch that game on Sunday, you’d say, ‘Virginia Tech is blowing these guys out.’ ... There’s no one feeling great about what happened.
They’re upset about a missed opportunity.”
This weekend, Tech welcomes the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes (22-7, 10-2 ACC) to English Field for a three game series starting on Friday. Since the Hokies started playing the Canes in 2005, Tech has struggled, posting just a 2-13 record for the series.