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Hokies softball exudes confidence in the ACC tournament
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Hokies softball exudes confidence in the ACC tournament

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The ACC tournament is on for Virginia Tech and these girls love to win – evident from their record of over 30 wins and only 11 losses. The Hokies will take that winning mentality with them to the tournament in Durham.

“Throughout the rest of the postseason, even through regionals and super regionals, everything else at this point in the year is double elimination,” said Hokies pitcher and Jefferson Forest graduate Emma Lemley. “You know, you have to play every inning. You can’t take away any throws because everything matters right now.”

Virginia Tech is no stranger to performing at the top level. They made history this season by going undefeated at home and breaking several team records, including most home runs in a season with 112.

“The first thing that came up was our home run record and those numbers,” Hokies head coach Pete D’Amour said. “But we don’t strike out much for a team either, so we measure our bats pretty well. But yeah, we can go 1-9 deep, so that’s reassuring as a coach, if you’re in a little bit of trouble, you can come back very quickly.

If the at-bats in an inning are not successful, D’Amour can now spread the pitches among five players instead of relying solely on the starter’s arm.

“It’s only helpful to get the work when it’s needed, and they’ve done a really good job of encouraging their teammates to get one no matter how we get it. Let’s just move on and move on to the next one,” D’Amour said.

Ranked as the No. 3 seed for the tournament, Virginia Tech will open play against No. 6 Georgia Tech on Thursday in the final game of the quarterfinals.

Virginia Tech also had a bevy of student-athletes earn All-ACC honors, it was announced Wednesday.

Outfielders Emma Ritter, Addy Greene and Cori McMillan earned First Team All-ACC honors.

Second Team All-ACC honorees included second baseman Cameron Fagan, pitcher Emma Lemley, pitcher Emma Mazzarone and third baseman Bre Peck.

Earning third-team All-ACC honors were first baseman Michelle Chatfield and dedicated player Majia Louko.

Chatfield and Mazzarone were also named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.

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