Tough Start For WVU In Big East Tournament

West Virginia looked to be catching a break when Notre Dame pitcher Chris Neisel was scrtached from his starting assignment, but that was the only bad thing that happened to the Irish as they defeated WVU in the first round of the Big East baseball championships.

The Mountaineers were able to scratch out only one run and and six hits against emergency starter J. P. Gagne as Notre Dame rolled to a 9-1 victory.

WVU's only run came on Stan Posluszny's seventh inning RBI single, but by that time the Mountaineers were in a 7-0 hole. The Irish scored three runs in the first, then steadily built their lead with single runs in the third, fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings. Notre Dame racked up 17 hits in the contest, and either scored or threatened to do so in nearly every inning.

Jarod Rine and Kurtis Clinton managed two hits each for WVU, which as a team managed only two baserunners through the first six innings. The Mountaineers went down in order in five of the nine innings in the contest.

WVU starter Shawn Miller had a tough outing, yielding six earned runs to the Irish. He was hampered by four walks in his seven inning stint.

WVU plays Virginia Tech at noon on Friday, with the loser being eliminated from the tournament.

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