Virginia Tech softball team looking strong at the midseason mark

BLACKSBURG, VA (WFXR) – We are at the midway point in the college softball season. So far the Virginia Tech softballers are living up to their high expectations. The fifth ranked Hokies are having the success on the field thanks to the team effort through out the program.

“I think I’m pretty confident in our team that we can go all the way. I am confident in our hitters and the fielders behind me. So that is a big thing as a hitter to have that much confidence in the team behind me. To show they can back me up, ”said Virginia Tech freshman pitcher Emma Lemley. Lemley is happy to do her part in helping the Hokies succeed. The former Jefferson Forest pitcher got her first career college no-hitter and also last week earned ACC pitcher of the week honors.

Last season, the Hokies were one win away from making it to the College World Series. Junior outfielder Kelsey Brown and head coach Pete D’Amour feel the team took a lot from getting so close to OKC in 2021. “I think we learned and we got that hunger and mindset and the attitude and the confidence that we do belong here and just keep proving ourselves, ”said Brown.

“It was really interesting how are teams can respond to that so you can say we are one win away from the World Series. So we were good enough or no we are going to keep working on that and we are going to see if we are going to get better and get a shot at the College World Series. So it has been a progression to what the program is doing, ”said D’Amour.

When you look at this Virginia Tech softball team they have had some early season success. Some of the keys to the success of course has been the offense and the pitching also playing a strong early season schedule. “You look back at the first month of the season and we ran the gauntlet and we played pretty well against some pretty good teams so you know stay the course and we can not look ahead to much and try to get better,” said D ‘Love.

When you look back at 2008, it was the greatest season in Hokies softball history advancing to the College World Series. Fast forward to 2022, the current Hokies were in elementary school the last time Virginia Tech was Oklahoma City bound. They feel they can host a regional, super regional and get to Oklahoma City. “It’s cool a few years later to even have this opportunity, it would be huge to keep on proving ourselves to everyone and good for the state of Virginia too,” Brown said.

Up next for the Hokies softball team is a week in the sunshine state with a series with a 3 game series in Orlando against 20th ranked UCF beginning Sunday. Then later in the week they have a match up in Tallahassee with 2nd ranked Florida State. Virginia Tech feels confident their strong play can get them to the College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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