VT Coaching Change Not Affecting Burris

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email
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The recent shakeup in the Virginia Tech baseball program isn't phasing Joe Burris one bit.

The Albemarle alum and Hokie commit is steadfast in his loyalty to the Tech baseball team, he said this week.

Pete Hughes left Blacksburg to take the Oklahoma job, with pitching coach Pat Mason becoming the Hokies new head man.

Mason was Burris' lead recruiter so the change didn't sway Burris' mind at all.

"I talked to Coach Mason," Harrison explained. "He reached out to everyone, their new recruits and everything and just let them know what was going on."

"Coach Hughes is a great guy, I'm happy he took that job and it was really great to meet him. I was looking forward to playing for him but you have to do what you have to do. Coach Mason is going to do a great job and lead that team to success."

Burris is coming off a stellar senior campaign at AHS. He was named the Commonwealth District Player of the Year and has continued that dominance into the summer.

He pitched two innings in Wednesday night's Virginia High School Coach's Association All-Star Game in Hampton. He struck out five and allowed just one hit.

"it was a very good experience, a lot of good players going D1, D2 and some D3," Burris said. "It was great competition and it was fun meeting new guys because going into college you always have to meet new guys so it's a good start for that."

Burris will head down to Blacksburg for freshman orientation in a matter of weeks and the lefty can't wait to get to his new home.

"I'm very excited, I'm always excited about going to Blacksburg. That's my real home, even though I was born here. It's a new part of life that I'm looking forward to. I'm very excited."

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