WVU Loses Wild Non-Conference Battle

The action was fast and furious as WVU dropped a 15-12 decision on the road to Ohio on a ninth inning grand slam.

WVU opened the scoring as Tim McCabe drove in Jarod Rine with an RBI double in the top of the first, but the Bobcats rallied with four runs in the bottom of the first off WVU starter Tino Medina. A walk and a passed ball figured prominently in the inning, as Ohio scored their runs on only three hits.

The Mountaineers then tied the score in the top of the second as Kurtis Clinton scored on a sacrifice fly and Eric Grimm doubled in two runs.

Ohio broke the tie with a run in the bottom of the third, and WVU reknotted it in the fourth on Eric Grimm's third RBI of the game, but then the Bobcats exploded.

Ohio sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five runs to take a commanding 10-5 lead. In the process, the Bobcats chased Medina from the mound, who was repaced by David Walker.

Just as things looked ugly, though, the Mountaineers rallied again. Two runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh gave WVU the lead back at 12-10. WVU lost the chance to score more as they left the bases loaded in the sixth and another in the seventh, and those missed opportunities would prove crucial later on.

In their last at bat, Ohio scored five runs to capture the wild game by the score of 15-12. The winning blast was provided by pinch hitter Brian White, who smacked a grand slam off relief pitcher Ryan Lipscomb to give the Bobcats the win.

The loss, while not affecting WVU in the conference standings, drops the Mountaineers to 29-13 on the season, and thus hurts the possibility of an at large bid to the College World Series.

The Mountaineers will face Duquesne tomorrow evening at Hawley Field in another non-conference contest.

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