Jim Quist @ACCTheQ
In the movie, ‘Field of Dreams’, the character played by Kevin Costner hears a voice say, “Go The Distance”. After five years of silence in Blacksburg one might think the Hokies may have a ‘softball whisperer’ in first year head coach Pete D’Amour. Virginia Tech is off to a 27-4 start and show all the signs of a team on the rise. That hasn’t gone unnoticed on a national level where three polls have debuted the team in their respective Top 25’s. It’s the first time since 2013 that Hokies softball has been ranked.
In February when I spoke with Fastpitch News Editor Michael Kyllo-Kittleson on a special episode of ACC Nation Podcast. She spoke highly of D’Amour. Of the team she said, “Virginia Tech is not one to necessarily sleep on either. I think they’re going to be doing a lot of really great things in the next couple of years.”
The most recent conference standings place Virginia Tech in the lead with Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia filling in the top 5.
Make no mistake about it though, Florida State remains the team to beat in the conference. The Seminoles began the season on top of the polls. Losses to Grand Canyon, Arizona and Notre Dame knocked them from the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
It’s all about UCLA now as the Bruins are the consensus top team in college softball. How long they can hold onto that honor remains to be seen.
What would a season be without an undefeated team? After this past week that’s no longer a valid topic. Alabama, the last straggler in the no loss category, fell to Texas A&M bringing that bragging right to an end.
Field Of Dreams
- #3/3/2 Florida State
- #24/19/18 Virginia Tech
- #34/NR/NR Notre Dame
Looking at team stats in batting, pitching and fielding speaks volumes of the two ACC teams in the Top 25.
- Batting – Top 3 Teams
- Florida State .367
- Virginia Tech .353
- Notre Dame .314
- Florida State 2.03
- Virginia Tech 2.12
- Louisville 2.21
- Florida State
- Virginia Tech
One final intriguing stat to look at is pitching. We took a look at two of the top 3 in the conference and noticed both had 16-1 records. Here’s their respective ERA’s.
- Meghan King, Florida State 1.20
- Carrie Eberle, Virginia Tech 1.66
Will Ojanen is a member of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He and his wife share their thoughts on craft beer at Will and Sami’s Beer Blog. Follow him on Twitter @WillsWorldMN