"Mr. Clutch" Would Be Proud

WVU's baseball team is following the path of alumnus Jerry West in producing when the chips are down.

Although the sports are different, the performance is the same. The Mountaineer baseball team has been at its best this year when facing a tough situation.

Just like West, who saved his biggest shots for the biggest moments, this year's baseball team has performed its best in pressure situations. The latest example was Wednesday's 6-5 comeback win over Towson at a cold and dreary Hawley Field.

Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, WVU manufactured three runs for the stunning victory. Travis D'Amico led off the inning with a walk, and Jarod Rine reached on an error. Things began to look bleak as Eric Grimm fanned and Lee Fritz fouled out, but then Tim McCabe's bouncer to first whent between the legs of first baseman Mike Costello to knot the score at 5-5. Kurtis Clinton then singled to plate McCabe with the winning run.

WVU moved to 19-10 with the non-conference win, and faces the Tigers again tomorrow afternoon.


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