WVU Falls Out Of First After Sweep

West Virginia's 7-3 loss to Boston College in the second game of Friday's doubleheader saw them fall out of first place in the Big East Conference.

Rutgers, on the strength of a two game sweep of Villanova, is now securely in first place with a 19-5 record. WVU is second at 17-6 and Notre Dame is only one game behind at 16-7 after splitting a pair of games with over Virginia Tech. Regardless of tomorrow's outcomes, WVU and Notre Dame will square off in the first round of the Big East tournament next week.

Boston College scored single runs in each of the first four innings off Mountaineer starter Jason DiAngelo, who yielded to reliver Todd Dunham with one out in the fourth. During that time, West Virginia knotted the score at one in the top of the second as Grant Psomas singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, then navigated to third and then home on sacrifice hits by Jake Serfass and Derek Cisar.

The Mountaineers added two runs in the top of the third as Tim McCabe singled in Jarod Rine and socred on an error on Kurtis Clinton's gounder, but WVU missed the chance for a big inning as they failed to add any more runs despite having the bases loaded and no one out. A line drive double play and a called third strike kept BC in the game, which they immediately proceeded to tie up in the bottom of the inning.

The Eagles sewed up the game in the seventh, scoring three runs off Dunham courtesy of Todd Morgan's homer.

WVU and BC conclude their regular seasons tomorrow with a single game. The Eagles are still alive in the hunt for the final playoff spot, and need a win over the Mountaineers to keep in the race.


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