Virginia Tech baseball climbs in latest Top 25 rankings amid torrid start to ACC play

The Hokies have won six straight games going into Tuesday's game at home against Marshall and moved up in the latest D1Baseball poll.

Virginia Tech v North Carolina
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Through the first six weeks of the college baseball season, one of the biggest surprises could be Virginia Tech. After a weekend sweep of Boston College in frigid Chestnut Hill, the Hokies improved to 18-4 overall and 8-1 in the ACC, which continues to be the best conference start in program history.

Virginia Tech, winners of six straight, moved up six spots in the latest D1Baseball Top 25 poll to No. 13 after beating the Eagles and they continue to beat teams with an offense that is relentless and a pitching staff that continues to take the ball and attack the opposing teams.

Virginia Tech baseball continues to mash the ball

If there is one thing to watch this spring, it’s a Hokies baseball game. They have clubbed 57 home runs with Carson DeMartini leading the way with 13, including a mammoth solo home run Sunday at BC. Eddie Micheletti has nine and they have a team batting average of .342. Against Boston College, the Hokies scored 14 of their 25 runs in the seventh inning or later, including seven in the seventh inning on Sunday to break a 3-3 tie on their way to a 12-6 win to complete the sweep.

Let’s not sugarcoat the start of the conference schedule. Virginia Tech has swept two teams, Notre Dame and Boston College, then took two out of three at Louisville and those teams have combined to go 6-18 in the ACC to date. Yes, the Hokies have done what good teams do, they have taken care of the teams on the schedule they are supposed to and will get another shot this weekend in Blacksburg against Pittsburgh, who is 1-8 in conference play. They are combining pitching with the offense in the first six weeks of the season.

After that series, things will start to get tougher with Wake Forest visiting English Field the following weekend before things get interesting in April with series against Georgia Tech, Duke, and North Carolina. That will be a stretch leading into the middle of the ACC schedule that should give us a better read on the Hokies.

There is still a long way to go in the 2024 season, but the early returns have been very promising and they are turning into a must-watch. At least for me anyway.