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Blacksburg – Sophomore leads at the plate Carson Demartini On Wednesday afternoon, Virginia Tech’s No. 11 baseball team extended its eighth straight win, 4-4, to beat UMass Lowell, 7-4, in the team’s two-game set at Atlantic Union Bank’s English Field. swept the park.
Demartini had his second career four-hit game (since March 2022), drew a walk in the third inning, and directed four singles around the yard. Tech’s preseason All-American third baseman solidified his 7–4 lead over the Hokies with three outs to go with his two RBI hits in the sixth and eighth innings.
The fifth-year outfielder continues one of the nation’s hottest hitting streaks Chris Canizaro He had seven straight games with at least three hits, going 5-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. Cannizzaro, who has led all NCAA Division I players in hits since Feb. 26, went 25-38 (.658) with five doubles, two triples, four home runs and 14 homers. 13 runs scored.
Virginia Tech (11-2) scored in six of eight offensive innings and built a 5-0 advantage by the end of the fifth. Together, DeMartini and Cannizzaro produced seven of his ten hits for the Hokies. jack harley Introduced two Lance Co-Goro, making it three runs (two RBIs and an error).
Following the scheduled start of the first inning, Keenan Higginsrookie left-handed Andrew Centlinger Tech went six up, six down, ending his outing with a swinging fastball strikeout from Robert Gallagher.fellow southpaw Grant Amberger Three strikeouts during two scoreless relief innings on the mound bolstered the winning line for the Centlingers, and four Hokies hurlers combined carried them the rest of the way.
After offering an RBI fielder choice in the first inning, Hurley continued with the same, arriving in the third inning with the bases loaded.and David Bryant Scoring easily from third base, shortstop Roddy Hernandez beat Connor Kelly at first base to complete an inning-ending double play, and Cannizzaro went home to give Tech a 3–0 lead.
batting at the nine spots, Christian Martin Added to the Hokies’ lead in the bottom of the 4th and connected with an RBI triple – his third of the 2023 season. Demartini continued Tech’s offense in the fifth inning, striking out an infield hit and later scoring the Hokies’ fifth run. Brody Donay Became a bases-loaded hitter.
UMass Lowell (2-9) sneaked into the game in the top of the eighth inning to cut right-handed freshman Griffin Steig. After Steeg walked a pair of Riverhawks, Robert Gallagher stopped a three-run home run over the right-center fence to cut Tech’s lead to 6–4.
UMass Lowell loads the bases behind Gallagher’s homer, Jonah Harney Tasked with collecting the final four outs of the game, the Riverhawks refused to make their first save of the season.
Improving to 9-1 in their current home stand, Virginia Tech has a best 13 regular-season starts since the 2013 campaign (11-2).
The No. 11 Virginia Tech will begin ACC play on Friday, March 10 with the first of three home games against Boston College. The first pitch between the Hokies (winners of eight straight games) and the Eagles (winners of nine straight games) will start Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Atlantic Union Bank Park’s English Field.