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Hokies Sweep Doubleheader Against #5 Virginia

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The Hokies Brad Markey scores against UVA The Hokies Brad Markey scores against UVA

The Virginia Tech baseball team swept both games of a doubleheader against #5 Virginia Saturday in Blacksburg, winning 5-3 and 11-6.

The victories in Games Two and Three give the Hokies the series win against UVA, as the Wahoos lost a three-game series for just the second time all year.

Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor says, "There were a number of times with two strikes we had a chance to execute pitches. We left balls on the plate, which we didn't do last weekend. That's a credit to Virginia Tech. I've said it all year long, I think they have the best team, and certainly the best offensive club that they've had in the ten years I've been at Virginia. You have to give them credit. They beat us down today. They had a big day, and we didn't."

The teams decided to play a doubleheader at English Field Saturday, due to the threat of foul weather Sunday.

Derek Fisher and Kenny Towns both hit home runs in the Game One loss, while Scott Silverstein (7-1) gave up 10 hits and five runs (four earned) in 5.1 innings.

Joe Mantiply pitched seven inning for the Hokies, giving up three runs, while striking out five.

The defeat snaps a seven-game win streak for UVA (38-8, 17-7 ACC).

Virginia Tech (27-18, 11-13 ACC) was paced by Alex Perez at the plate, as the leadoff man had three hits, a run scored, and an RBI.

The Hokies scored 10 runs in the first four innings of Game Two, highlighted by a five-run 3rd, as they cruised to the series victory in the nightcap.

Andrew Rash went 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI.

Nick Howard (5-4) lasted just 2.1 innings for Virginia, giving up seven runs on six hits.

Fisher and Joe McCarthy each had two hits for UVA.

The defeat is the first for the Cavaliers in a doubleheader this season, as Virginia had swept its previous four doubleheaders.

Virginia returns to action Tuesday at 7 pm at Davenport Field.

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