Mountaineers Win Wild Game Versus Rutgers

The cold and damp weather did nothing to still the bats of either the Scarlet Knights or Mountaineers on Monday afternoon, but WVU's bats spoke loudest in their 12-9 win.

Rutgers and West Virginia combined for 21 runs and 23 hits in the seven inning game, but a late WVU proved to be the deciding factor in the Mountaineers' win. It was WVU's first win over the Scarlet Knights in 12 tries.

The Mountaineers got off to a good start, scoring two runs in the first inning, but saw the chance for a really big frame go away as Rutgers turned an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

The Scarlet Knights wasted no time in denting thier side of the scoreboard, scoring three runs in the second and five in the third to take an 8-2 lead. But just as it looked as if the visitors would run away and hide, WVU responded with three tallies of their own in the bottom of the third to get back into the game at 8-5.

The Mountaineers had the bases loaded with no outs and one run in, but Rutgers was able to limit the damage with yet another twin killing.

Still, the rally seemed to hearten WVU. After the Mountaineers gave up a single run in the top of the fourth, relief pitcher Shawn Miller came on to shut down the Knight rally, and the WVU offense continued their season long assualt. Three hits, a walk, and a Derek Cisar three run home run knotted the score at nine in the bottom of the fourth and put the Mountaineers squarely back into the contest.

In the bottom of the sixth, WVU retook the lead they briefly held in the first as Grant Psomas rifled a two run single off Rutgers pitcher O. J. DeChristofano. Travis D'Amico followed with another RBI single, and WVU headed to the top of the seventh with a 12-9 lead.

Miller, as he had throughout his relief stint, then shut the Knights down in the top of the seventh to get the win. Miller (2-0) walked three batters but did not allow a hit in three and 2/3 innings of work.

Lee Fritz was 4-4 on the day for WVU, scoring three runs. Derek Cisar was 2-3 with a home run and four RBIs, and Grant Psomas was 2-3 with 3 RBIs.

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