BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — For the Virginia Tech Hokies softball team they are right where they want to be!
The overall number 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament opens up play Friday at 2pm at Tech Softball park as they play Saint Francis in the double elimination regional. Thursday the Hokies got in one final practice before their road to Oklahoma City gets underway.

Friday will be a packed house at Tech Softball Park. Virginia Tech brought in extra bleachers to accomindate the two sold out games on Friday. The Hokies are happy to earn the right to host the regional.

“It helps being in front of your home crowd, nothing here is going to change it is still the same game. Other than having our main fan base which is a huge help,” said Virginia Tech senior pitcher Keely Rochard.

Even though the Hokies didn’t win the ACC Tournament last weekend, they have moved on with a renewed focus to win the NCAA Title.

“Our confidence is really high. I mean like it is what we all touched on. We have experience we have been here before so we know what to expect. But you have to show up pitch to pitch and in game to game,” said Virginia Tech junior infielder Meredith Slaw.

Virginia Tech has played like one of the top teams in the nation all season. They look to at their road to Oklahoma City as taking things one play at a time.

“We have a pretty high ranking. People expect us to win. But you know we have to think back to the beginning of the season where ranking didn’t matter. We have to go into every game with the mindset. Win each pitch and win each game,” said Virginia Tech freshman pitcher Emma Lemley.

This regional features Virginia Tech, St. Francis of Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Miami of Ohio. The Hokies are not taking anything for granted when it comes to the teams in the regional.

“I think all teams are formidable. But I said this, there are no easy regionals. You can’t say there is an easy regional. You still have to win it, It is the difference to a different feel. But all three teams and us can play softball,” said Virginia Tech head softball coach Pete D’Amour.