Virginia Tech Hokies News: NCAA Baseball Tournament, Track & Field Nationals, Bill Walton

There is a lot to break down in the latest edition of Virginia Tech Hokies News.
2023 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
2023 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship / Jay Biggerstaff/GettyImages

In this edition of Virginia Tech Hokies News, the NCAA Baseball Tournament field of 64 was announced and Virginia Tech will be sending several track and field participants to the NCAA National Meet in Oregon next month.

NCAA Baseball Tournament field of 64 announced

After starting the season 21-5, it looked like the Hokies baseball team was going to make the NCAA Tournament, but they sputtered down the stretch and went 11-18 to finish 32-22 and missed out on an at-large bid. The ACC, however, got eight teams in the field, with five earning the right to host this upcoming weekend.

Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Virginia are hosting, while Duke, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech also made the field. North Carolina, Florida State, and Clemson all earned Top 8 seeds and will host a Super Regional if they advance. Despite the Hokies finishing 10 games over .500, they missed out on a bid and Florida, who finished, 28-27, got a bid. Now did Virginia Tech deserve a bid? Probably not, but it should be mentioned as Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball pointed out that Florida has an AD on the baseball committee. Do with that what you will.

Virginia Tech to send 13 participants to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

The 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held from June 5-8 in Eugene, Oregon and the Hokies will be sending 13 participants to compete.

On the women's side, Lindsey Butler, Journey Gurley, Chiara Sistermann, and Katrin Brzyszkowska will be competing, while on the men's side, EJ Bell, Brandon Burke, Kennedy Harrison, Chidozie Kalu, Judson Lincoln IV, Connor McClure, Sean Murphy, Nick Plant, and KJ Tillmon will also be competing.

Bill Walton passes away

Former UCLA standout and NBA champion Bill Walton passed away Monday after a battle with cancer. One of the more colorful commentators, Walton was a legend behind the mike calling college basketball games. He will be missed.