BLACKSBURG – Exactly one month from the beginning of the 2023 marketing campaign, the Virginia Tech baseball staff is already gathering a wealth of potential for one more high-achieving season on the diamond because the Hokies have positioned into three nationwide preseason polls from revered shops.
D1BASEBALL – No. 14
For the primary time because the outlet’s rankings debut in 2015, Virginia Tech has earned a spot in D1Baseball’s preseason high 25 ballot, touchdown at No. 14 – the third highest rating amongst ACC packages. Final season, the Hokies entered D1Baseball’s high 25 on April 11 and remained up for eight consecutive weeks, together with seven straight weeks ranked inside the highest 10.
Tech peaked at No. 2 in D1Baseball’s rankings on Might 23 and entered the 2022 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship ranked No. 4 nationally. Upon ending one win shy of advancing to the 2022 Males’s Faculty World Sequence in Omaha, the Hokies positioned No. 11 general within the outlet’s year-end rankings, marking this system’s highest such end all-time.
Because it stands, 4 of Tech’s 2023 ACC opponents appeared in D1Baseball’s preseason high 25. The Hokies will host No. 19 Virginia (March 31 – April 2) and No. 12 North Carolina (April 28-30) whereas making journeys to No. 22 Miami (March 17-19) and No. 6 Wake Forest (Might 18-20).
PERFECT GAME – No. 15
Down one line from D1Baseball’s No. 14 rating, Good Sport positioned Virginia Tech at No. 15 in its season-opening high 25 ballot, signifying one other program-first look for the Hokies (since no less than 2013).
Whereas D1Baseball favored Tech in its ACC comparisons towards Louisville and Miami – in addition to its consideration towards UCLA and TCU – Good Sport disagreed, presenting the Hokies because the fifth strongest ACC program out of the gates. Throughout the ACC, Good Sport has Tech clocked behind No. 5 Wake Forest, No. 7 Louisville, No. 9 Miami and No. 13 North Carolina whereas main No. 19 Virginia and No. 21 NC State.
On the flip aspect, Good Sport backed Tech in its outlooks towards three groups that have been ranked increased than the Hokies by D1Baseball: Oklahoma State (No. 18), Maryland (No. 22) and East Carolina (unranked).
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER – No. 28
Referred to as faculty baseball’s oldest ballot relationship again to 1959, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranked Virginia Tech at No. 28 in its annual “Fabulous 50” preseason choices.
Of the ten ACC packages showing in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s high 50, Tech drew the seventh most factors behind No. 6 Louisville, No. 8 Miami, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 16 Virginia and No. 23 Georgia Tech. The Hokies have been late bloomers in final season’s CBN polls, cracking the outlet’s high 30 for the primary time on April 25 (No. 26) earlier than peaking on Might 23 at No. 2.
This season, Tech is scheduled to face seven ACC packages inside CBN’s preseason high 50, together with matchups at No. 32 Florida State and towards No. 42 Clemson.
As of Jan. 17, three of the remaining six nationally revered faculty baseball polls – Baseball America, NCBWA and USA TODAY Sports activities (coaches’ ballot) – have but to launch their preseason rankings.
Virginia Tech will open its 2023 common season schedule on Friday, Feb. 17, at Faculty of Charleston in Mount Nice, South Carolina. The Cougars (37-20 general) gained the 2022 CAA common season championship courtesy of their 19-5 league report.