NOIRSBOURG – After Virginia Tech Baseball’s two wins over Virginia to win the series this weekend, the Hokies won the Smithfield-sponsored Commonwealth Clash for the first time since 2018.
The score is now 11.5-7.5 in Tech’s favor, with the final two points up for grabs taking place May 12-14 on Duke’s campus at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Clash first appeared on the scene in 2014, with the Cavaliers winning five games and the Hokies taking one; the two schools tied in 2017. For more information on the rivalry, visit www.hokiesports.com/clash.
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The Clash began on September 17, 2021 when the No. 17 Hokies defeated the Cavaliers in double overtime. Jacob Labovitz shone for Tech scoring two goals in the game including the game winner. The win marked Tech’s fourth all-time win over Virginia and second win in two years. The victory gave Tech his first point in the Clash.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
The women’s cross country team earned the second run for the Hokies at the ACC Championships on Oct. 29, 2021, led by Lindsey Butler in the individual. The women’s group earned a seventh-place finish with 219 points and Butler took 15and overall, leading her to All-ACC honors.
In their first ACC victory of the season, the Virginia Tech volleyball team earned another point in the Clash on October 29, 2021. Cera Powell tied a career-high 17 eliminations in the game and Brie Postema recorded a career-high 47 assists. The Hokies took a 2-1 lead after the third set and eventually won the match in the fifth set.
In a thrilling game, Virginia Tech football defeated Virginia on November 27, 2021 to retain the Commonwealth Cup. Led by the interim head coach J.C. Price, the Hokies won 29-24 in Charlottesville. The win earned the Hokies an appearance in a bowling game, their first since 2019 after opting out of bowling in 2020 due to COVID-19.
After winning both matchups against the Cavaliers on January 18 and 27, 2022, the Hokies earned another point in the Clash. In Game 1, Elizabeth Kitley recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The win took the team to 5-1 in the ACC for the first time ever. Game 2 also made history, as Tech swept Virginia for the first time since 2015-16.
Virginia Tech men’s basketball won a half point in the Clash after beating Virginia at home on Valentine’s Day. The victory was the first time since 2017-18 that the Hokies had beaten the Cavaliers in consecutive seasons. Keve Aluma scored 24 points in the game and had four blocks, a season high.
On February 18, 2022, the Virginia Tech wrestling program earned another point in the Clash after their 10and– direct victory against the Cavaliers in Charlottesville. The Hokies were led by No. 3 Mekhi Lewis and No. 14 Hunter Bolen, both earning bonus points. The victory also moved the Hokies to 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the ACC.
SWIMMING AND DIVING MEN
In one of their best playoff performances, the Hokies earned another point on Feb. 19, 2022 at the ACC Championships. Tech was led by Youssef Ramadan, who won the ACC Most Valuable Swimmer award at the meet and won gold in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle. The Hokies earned 1,054 points in the event, beating the Cavaliers by just 13 points.
Indoor athletics for men and women
In a historic ACC indoor championship, the Hokies men’s and women’s track teams each earned a point in the Clash. Both teams won championships each, the first time in history that both teams have won ACC indoor titles in the same meeting. The men won with 97 points and the women tied Duke with 86 points.
In a thrilling final game, the No. 2 Virginia Tech softball team left Virginia to earn a point in the Clash. The Hokies had split both games before with the point in the rubber game. Meredith Slaw shone in the final game with four RBIs and a home run to tie the game in the eighth inning. Keely Rochard improved to 18-2 on the year and took the win. Mackenzie Lawter recorded the final hit to secure the victory over the Cavaliers.
After beating the Cavaliers 1-1 in the first two games of the series, Virginia Tech’s No. 7 baseball rallied for a comeback victory that gave the Hokies the final point in the Commonwealth Clash. Virginia Tech started the game with 4 points, but a brace from Gavin Cross got the Hokies going. The 7-5 win over Virginia not only secured the Commonwealth Clash for Virginia Tech, but also allowed the Hokies to retain their second-place finish in the ACC standings.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OUTDOOR ATHLETICS
There are still two points up for grabs at the ACC Outdoor Championships May 12-14 in Durham, North Carolina.