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Virginia Tech softball heads West for the NCAA tournament at UCLA

After a strong start to the season, the Virginia Tech softball team hit some bumps in the road in the ACC after a 9-0 start. The Hokies were able to right the ship and entered the ACC Tournament last week with a chance to make a case to try to steal a Top 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament and next weekend’s to organize the first round.

Virginia Tech lost two of three at Syracuse two weeks ago but had a chance at redemption in the ACC Tournament at Duke, but they suffered a 6-2 loss to Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals on Thursday night. That loss left the 39-12-1 Hokies likely to be on the road the first weekend of the tournament and that was the case.

Virginia Tech was seeded in the Los Angeles Regional, which will be hosted by No. 6 overall seed UCLA. The Hokies open with San Diego State (31-18) Friday night at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. UCLA will follow up against Grand Canyon in the regional double elimination. This is definitely a cool tea from Pete D’Amour.

Offensively, the Hokies were eliminated by the Yellow Jackets in the ACC Tournament after being defeated at home during the regular season and will have to go big this weekend if they want to get to a Super Regional the following weekend.

Cori McMillan led the Hokies with 20 home runs and Michelle Chatfield had 19 for a team that combined to hit 113 on the season as the team took a .342 batting average into the NCAA Tournament.

We’ll break down the regional in more depth as the week progresses as Virginia Tech will have a tough road ahead of it, but it’s the NCAA Tournament and every team in it is playing well for the same goal: to get to Oklahoma so they can reach the World Series gets a chance to win it all.