Mountaineers Complete Another Sweep

West Virginia did what they were supposed to do by taking out the broom and sweeping the cellar dwelling Georgetown Hoyas on Monday afternoon at Hawley Field.

After winning the first game by the score of 5-0, WVU was eager to begin working on the sweep. However, the Hoyas got on the board first in game two on the strength of Billy Quinn's two run homer in the top of the second.

It didin't take long for the big hitting Mountaineers to respond, as WVU bounced right back to take the lead with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Mountaineers took advantage of a couple of Georgetown miscues, as Jake Serfass walked and Kurtis Clinton got aboard by virtue of being hit with a pitch. WVU again eschewed hitting away with no one out, as Grant Psomas laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the strategy paid off when Stan Posluszny doubled to drive them both in. Eric Grimm drove in Posluszny with a single, and Lee Fritz later added an RBI hit to push Jarod Rine across to give WVU their fourth run.

WVU had a chance to blow the game open in the next inning, but only managed one run while leaving two runners stranded. Number nine hitter Travis D'Amico, who is a tough hitting threat despite his spot in the order, drove in Grant Psomas with a single to score the frame's only run.

In the bottom of the sixth, Clinton again came through in the clutch with an RBI single that drove in Tim McCabe to extend the Mountaineers' lead to 6-2. And in the next inning, WVU did put the game away as they scored three more runs to push their lead to 9-2.

WVU pitcher Zac Cline backed up his outstanding effort of last week with another solid outing. Cline struck out ten batters while allowing only two earned runs. Cline struck out three to improve his record to 7-3 on the season.

Stan Posluszny was 4-4 with a double and Lee Fritz added three singles to power West Virginia's 16 hit attack. The sweep moves West Virginia back into a tie atop the Big East with Notre Dame at 10-2. WVU has now won seven straight Big East Conference games.

Even with the low power opposition, WVU displayed a lethal combination of excellent pitching and distributed hitting in the sweep. Eight of WVU's nine starters had at least one hit in the nightcap, and six different batters drove in runs.


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