Sean Miller stretched his streak of innings pitched without allowing an earned run to an impressive 25 as he shut down the Wildcats in the seven inning opening contest. Miller allowed just four hits to the visitors as WVU locked up their postseason bid.
In the second game, Lee Fritz staked West Virginia to an early 1-0 lead in game two as he drove in Nate Rine with a single in the bottom of the first.
Grant Psomas doubled WVU's lead with a home run to left center field in the bottom of the second.
In the third inning, Jarod Rine doubled, Lee Fritz blooped a single to center and both came home on Tim McCabe's single to push the Mountaineer lead to 4-0. Kurtis Clinton then singled to keep the uprising alive, but action was then halted by a brief but intense thunderstorm. When play resumed, WVU loaded the bases but could not push across any additional tallies.
WVU cushioned their lead in the sixth as Rine smoked a shot into the gap that turned into a three run inside the park home run. Villanova centerfielder Chris Graziano fell down as he attempted to get to the ball, which gave Rine just enough time to circle the bases. The hit drove in Clinton and Psomas to make the score 7-0.
Villanova got an unearned run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but WVU squashed any possibility of a Wildcat rally in the bottom of the inning as they batted around while scoring five runs. Lee Fritz scored on a wild pitch to start the parade, then Stan Posluszny drove in McCabe, Jake Serfass and Clinton with a double. Jarod Rine followed with a single that scored Posluszny and gave WVU a 12-1 lead going into the final two innings.
Villanova added another run in the top of the eighth on an RBI double, but that was all they could manage as WVU cruised to the 12-2 win.
Mountaineer hurler Jason DiAngelo was stellar over the first two-thirds of the contest. DiAngelo faced the minimum number of batters through six innings, as he yielded only a scratch single and erased the baserunner with a double play. DiAngelo issued four walks in the final three innings, but had plenty of gas left to finish out the complete game win, his sixth of the year.
Lee Fritz had six hits in the doubleheader, while Jarod Rine had four hits, four RBIs and three runs in the second game.
Although WVU has locked up their tournament bid, they still have three important league games left next weekend as they attempt to maintain their spot atop the league and lock up the number one seed. Below are the current standings, along with next weekends opponents. All of those are three game series.
|West Virginia*||16||4||Boston College|
|Notre Dame*||15||6||Virginia Tech|
|Virginia Tech||14||9||Notre Dame|
* Clinched Big East Tournament Bid