Mountaineers Drop First Game to BC

West Virginia's road to the regular season Big East baseball crown and a possible at-large berth in the NCAA tournamet hit a bump with a tough 5-4 loss to Boston College on Friday in the opening game of a doubleheader.

WVU opened the game by taking advatage of a pair of walks, a wild pitch and an error to scroe two runs in the top of the first, but Boston College responded with three runs in the bottom half of the frame on the power of three doubles.

The Eagles stretched their lead to 4-2 on a triple and an RBI groundout, but WVU cut the lead back to one in the top of the sixth on Kurtis Clinton's RBI single, which drove in Lee Fritz.

Boston College then scored a key insurance run in the bottom of the inning by taking advatange of two walks and a hit batsman to set up a sacrifice fly. The run, which was scored without beneift of a hit or an error, proved to be the deciding tally of the contest.

The Mountaineers put together a rally in the top of the seventh as they loaded the bases with one out. However, WVU was only able to score one run on a wild pitch, as both Eric Grim and Lee Frtiz were unable to muster a hit that would have plated the go ahead runs. Instead, West Virginia ended up on the short end of the 5-4 final tally.

West Virginia's Shawn Miller (6-2) pitched a solid game, allowing only seven hits, but four of those went for extra bases. Eagle ace Chris Lambert moved to 8-2 with the win, as he allowed only five Mountaineer hits while striking out seven.

The second game of the doubleheader will be played this afternoon, with the Mountaineers looking to fight back in their race for final positioning in the Big East Tournament.

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