Rutgers Gains Split

West Virginia let a golden opportunity at a sweep slip away with a 12-4 loss to Rutgers on Monday evening.

Game two played out in similar fashion to the early innings of game one, albeit at a slightly reduced scoring pace. West Virginia jumped out to an early two run lead with single runs in the first and second innings.

Jarod Rine, Lee Fritz and Tim McCabe strung singles together in the first to score one run, then Rine singled home Grant Psomas in the second for an early 2-0 WVU lead.

Rutgers rallied to take the lead with three runs in the top of the third, putting three hits and a leadoff walk together to fuel their scoring effort.

Once again, however, WVU rallied, as the Mountaineer bats continued to show their season-long potency. This time, it was Jarod Rine with a two run homer giving the lead back to West Virginia at 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth.

A Mountaineer sweep seemed to be in the offing, but the Scarlet Knights had other ideas. Rutgers retook the lead in the top of the seventh, and again an early walk figured in the scoring. Pitcher Zac Cline yielded a one out walk to Steve Normane, and three hits later the Scarlet Knights had a pair of runs and the lead back at 5-4. The visitors then scored seven insurance runs in the top of the eighth to put the game away. The seven runs were piled up on just two Rutgers hits. Five walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch contributed mightily to the Scarlet Knight outburst.

The second game was only eight innings, due to travel restrictions that Rutgers was operating under. It was agreed before the contest that no inning would start after 6:00 p.m.

After a 17 game homestand, on which they went 13-4, West Virginia now hits the road for a single out of conference game at Maryland on Tuesday, then conference doubleheaders at Seton Hall on Friday and Pitt on Sunday.

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