Blacksburg, Va. -

The Virginia Tech baseball team hosted its annual Baseball Night in Blacksburg Saturday, where former Hokie baseball coach, Chuck Hartman was the honored guest at the 7th annual event. In addition to a question and answer session with Hartman, there was also a catered dinner, silent and live auctions and a chance to meet and greet Tech's baseball team.

All proceeds from the banquet go to the Hokies' baseball program to help them keep their indoor facility and English Field up-to-date.

Tech is now just a week away from opening their 2014 season, so it's time to hear what first year head coach, Patrick Mason thinks of this year's group.

"Things are going great,” Mason said. “I like how our team has been practicing. Things are coming together. We still have that core-- the similar core that you're used to seeing. Mark Zagunis, Sean Keselica, Brendon Hayden and Ryan Burns were all starters for us in the regional last year. They all have the ability to leave the yard. We also have added a lot of speed, which is something we haven't necessarily had in the past. We've got a kid by the name of Saige Jenco, who plays center field, that I think you'd be challenged to find anyone in the ACC who runs better than that kid. I do think we're built to be a very good defensive team. I think that on paper right now that's probably an upgrade from what you saw from last year."