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Hokies Sweep Charlotte for Sixth Straight Win

By Lucy West | March 05
Hokies Sweep Charlotte for Sixth Straight Win
Cannizzaro gears up to bat. (Virginia Tech Athletics)

In its third game of the weekend, Virginia Tech's (9-2) offense played an all-star game, leading the Hokies to a 12-4 victory over Charlotte (5-7).

Starting on the hill for the Hokies was Anthony Arguelles, who struck out three batters over 58 pitches. The senior threw three shutout innings before leaving the mound.

Grant Umberger was awarded the pitching win for Tech today. Over his 2.1 innings, he threw 56 pitches and struck out four Charlotte batters. Sunday's game was Umberger's third appearance this season, and his first awarded win.

Once again, Chris Cannizzaro was no stranger to success behind the bat in Sunday's game. Cannizzaro is now 19-for-26 in his at-bats since February 26th and was only a home run short of batting a cycle again today, a task he achieved a mere eight days ago. Cannizzaro was three-for-five in the box today, recording his sixth multi-hit game in a row.

The iconic sledgehammer was in full swing today with homers from Eduardo Malinowski and Garrett Michel. Malinowski sailed a 422-foot pinch hit solo home run over the left field wall, and the infielder became Tech’s 11th home run hitter of the season. He got his first hammer time of the campaign thus far. Freshman Michel has two homers so far this season, both of which came against Charlotte in this series.

During the end of the contest, Coach Szefc mixed up the lineup and the fielders, exemplifying the depth that the Hokies possess this season on both offense and defense. Lucas Donlon had an impressive assist at third base in the eighth inning, making a diving stop that would fly by most. Sam Tackett came in to pinch-hit for Garrett Michel and was one of two Hokies to get a hit during the sixth inning.

Jack Hurley had a great day on defense, logging four putouts and making two catches against the back wall that had the potential to be over and out.

Carson Jones nailed a three-RBI double with the bases loaded to give Tech an early lead. This was Jones's first hit of the series. The Glen Allen, Va., native batted one-for-four on Sunday, and zero-for-four on Friday and Saturday.

Tech baseball plays UMass Lowell at 1 p.m. on Wednesday for their first inner-conference contest of the season.

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