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Virginia Tech earns No. 4 national seed in NCAA Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS – Making its first playoff appearance since 2013, Virginia Tech’s baseball team won the 2022 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship national seed No. 4 – its highest designation ever – as the Hokies prepare to host three challengers at this weekend’s Blacksburg. Regional at English Field in Atlantic Union Bank Park.

In the Blacksburg Regional (double-elimination format), top seed Virginia Tech (41-12, 19-9 ACC) will face the second seed [No. 12] Gonzaga, third-seeded Columbia and fourth-seeded Wright State for a spot in next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional Round. Tech will play its Blacksburg regional opener on Friday, June 3 against Wright State (7 p.m. ACC Network) — a rematch of the teams’ March Series at Blacksburg that was won by the Hokies.

The winner of the Blacksburg Regional is pitted against the winner of the Gainesville Regional which includes No. 13 seed Florida, the second seed [No. 22] Oklahoma, third-seeded Liberty and fourth-seeded Central Michigan.

Tech’s appearance at the 2022 NCAA Tournament marks the program’s 11th all-time appearance, including his third since joining the ACC (2010, 2013). Hokies to make first NCAA tournament appearance under fifth-year head coach John Szefc – the 2022 ACC Coach of the Year – who has now led three regional eight-spot programs combined (Marist – 4, Maryland – 3, Virginia Tech – 1).

Virginia Tech’s 2022 campaign was nothing short of historic. First-time ACC Coastal Division champions, the Hokies entered the draft Monday ranked No. 5 in the RPI, winners of a program record nine ACC regular-season series (six against D1Baseball‘s top 25) and winners of 31 of their last 37 games.

On the field, Tech is led by its two national Golden Spikes Award semi-finalists – third-year outfielder Gavin Cross and second shortstop Tanner Schobel – as well as his two national Dick Howser Trophy semi-finalists, Schobel and sophomore outfielder Jack Hurley. Eight Hokies also received year-end accolades from the ACC, highlighted by their record four All-ACC First Team selections: Cross, freshman pitcher Drue HackenbergHurley and Schobel.

No. 12 Gonzaga (37-16, 20-7 WCC) was in the conversation about regional accommodation just last week despite finishing second to San Diego in the WCC championship round. The Bulldogs swept their March streak at Oklahoma State (7th nationally seeded) en route to winning their second consecutive WCC regular season championship.

Colombia (30-16, 17-4 Ivy League) tied Penn for first place in the Ivy League regular season standings before finishing the Quakers in three games to win the best-of-three league championship series. The Lions are making their seventh appearance in an NCAA tournament all-time and their sixth under head coach Brett Boretti (the first since 2018).

Wright State (30-25, 20-9 Horizon League) won its 13th Horizon League regular season title this season before beating conference tournament opponents by the combined margin of 56-7 at home in Dayton, Ohio. In March, the Raiders beat unranked Virginia Tech 11-5 in the teams’ weekend opener at English Field before the Hokies offense soared to win the final two games of the series, 9-3 and 17-1.

Tickets for the 2022 NCAA Blacksburg Regional – which will be held between Friday, June 3 and Monday, June 6 – will be available starting Tuesday, May 31.

Fans can either purchase an All Sessions Pass which includes access to all games in the Blacksburg area, or choose to purchase single session tickets. Reserved Seating and General Admission Seating will be offered with Reserved Seating limited to passes for all sessions.

Current Hokie Scholarship Fund donors (those who donated by the March 31, 2022 submission deadline) will have access to an exclusive pre-sale before tickets open for sale to the general public. The Blacksburg area ticket on-sale schedule is as follows – quantities are limited to four (4) tickets per account:

  • 10 a.m. ET – Current Hokie Ambassador, Hokie Scholar and Hokie Stone donors
  • Noon ET – Other Current Hokie Scholarship Fund Donors
  • 2 p.m. ET – General public

Click here to join our interest list and be notified when Blacksburg Regional tickets go on sale to the general public.

The Hokies are IN! Now that the Hokies are in the NCAA Tournament and hosting the 2022 Blacksburg Regional, it’s time to kick off Virginia Tech baseball’s postseason donation campaign. Follow the start of regional Hokies play on Friday, June 3 by donating with the following suggested amounts:

  • $3 each time the Hokies hit an opposing batter
  • $5 per Hokies run
  • $50 for each Hammerin’ Hokies home run
  • $250 per Virginia Tech win in the Blacksburg area
  • $500 for a no-hitter Virginia Tech

DONATE NOW! ACC Coach of the Year John Szefc and his team have had an amazing season and it’s time to make some noise at the Blacksburg Regional. Support the Hokies as they attempt to make history in Blacksburg!

Gallery: (5-30-2022) BSB: NCAA Draft Show