Mountaineers Sweep Doubleheader From Tech

West Virginia used two different styles of baseball to sweep a pair of games from Virginia Tech on Thursday evening at Hawley Field.

In the opener, the Mountianeers used a pair of big innings to crush the Hokies 15-5 in a seven inning game, then rode strong pitching and excellent defense to take the nightcap 3-1 in a nine inning contest.

In the opener, West Virginia put up seven runs in the first inning, saw Tech close the margin to two runs at 7-5, then added eight runs in the sixth for the final margin.

The big blow in the first was a three run homer by Stan Posluszny, and Jarod Rine mathed that feat win a three-run blast of his own in the sixth. WVU racked up 14 hits in the contest, with every player but one getting at least one hit. Rine was 3-5 in the game, and Jake Serfass, Lee Fritz and Grant Psomas had two hits along with Psluszny.

Mountianeer pitcher Shawn Miller went the distance, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits.

The story in the second game was pitcher Zac Cline, who shut down Tech after allowing one run on four hits in the top of the first. After the first, Cline allowed only one hit the rest of the way in a dominating performance. Cline struck out four batters and did not allow a walk, and at one point retired 17 straight Tech hitters.

For a while, it seemed as if Tech's single run would stand up, as WVU was held in check by Hokie pitcher Andy Wells. However, the Mountaineers finally tied the score in the sixth on a run scoring double by Jake Serfass, then took the lead in the seventh on Nate Rine's leadoff home run.

WVU added an insurance run in the eighth on another Serfass RBI double, but Cline didn't need it, as he set Tech down in order in the ninth.

With the wins, WVU swept this year's football, basketball and baseball contests against the Hokies.

More importantly, the Mountaineers leapfrogged Virginia Tech in the Big East standings. WVU is now 8-2 in the conference, while Tech fell to 8-4.

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