Virginia Tech News: Softball, lacrosse & women's basketball

The 23rd-ranked Virginia Tech softball team opens the season with two wins is where we begin the latest Virginia Tech News.
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In the latest edition of Virginia Tech News, the softball team begins the season with two wins, the women's lacrosse team begins their season, and more.

Softball opens season with two wins

The 23rd-ranked Virginia Tech softball team opened the 2024 season with wins over Illinois and Auburn. They beat Illinois, 18-1, in the first game, then beat host Auburn, 8-1, in eight innings in their second game.

Virginia Tech scored early and often against Illinois and spread things around the batting order with no one getting more than two hits. Emma Ritter, Cameron Fagan (two RBIs), Addy Greene (two RBIs), Michelle Chatfield (two RBIs), and Rachel Castine (four RBIs) each collected two hits for the Hokies.

Against the 20th-ranked Tigers, Tech scored seven runs in the top of the eight to improve to 2-0. Lyndsey Grein struck out 12 Auburn hitters in eight innings and Emily LeGette and Castine each homered in the nightcap with the latter being her second grand slam of the day.. Virginia Tech will play Belmont and Auburn on Saturday.

Women's lacrosse kicks off 2024 season

The Virginia Tech women's lacrosse team will begin the 2024 season Saturday when they host VCU and third-year coach Kristen Skiera hopes her team can turn things around this season. They return Alivia Vergano, Sarah Greshmam, Ella Rishko and Jocelyn Torres, Mary Griffin, Grace New and Paige Tyson.

Last season the Hokies opened the season on the road with an 11-8 victory over the Rams on Tech's way to an 10-9 season.

Women's basketball vs. BC sold out

Coming off a pair of big time road wins over North Carolina and third-ranked North Carolina State in the last week, the Virginia Tech women's basketball team comes home to host Boston College Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum. Friday, the school announced that the game is sold out.

Boston College is 11-14 overall and near the bottom of the ACC standings and coming off a loss at home to Virginia Thursday night, but Hokies' fans continue to support their team that is coming into the game on a six-game winning streak and peaking at the right time ahead of the conference tournament next month.