Mountaineers Eliminate Hokies

Eighteen hits, backed up by a sterling one-hit shutout by pitcher Zac Cline, gave WVU a 10-0 blowout of Virginia Tech in the Big East baseball tournament on Friday afternoon.

Cline dominated the Hokies throughout the contest, allowing only one hit while striking out thirteen in the complete game win. Cline set the Hokies down in order in the first four innings before giving up a leadoff single to Wyatt Toregas in the bottom of the fifth. Toregas advanced to third base, but was stranded when Cline struck out back to back batters to end the threat.

Cline walked only two batters and set the Hokies down in order five times while allowing only three Tech base runners.

WVU got off to a rousing start when Eric Grimm and Grant Psomas smacked solo home runs in the first and second innings, respecitvely, to give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead.

West Virginia added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to push their lead to 4-0. First, Jarod Rine added his name to the home run list with a solo shot to lead off the inning. Eric Grimm followed with a double, but with no outs Lee Fritz was ordered to sacrifice bunt, which resulted in an out but pushed Grimm to third. Tim McCabe then singled to drive Grimm home, which also chased Virginia Tech starter Andrew Wells from the game.

Relief pitcher Scott Stoehr was able to squelch the rally by getting a strikeout and a groundout.

The Mountaineers gave Cline even more breathing room in the sixth, adding two runs on Eric Grimm's double that drove home Travis D'Amico and Stan Posluszny.

WVU then completed the rout with a single run in the seventh and three more in the ninth. In the seventh, Tim McCabe and Kurtis Clinton stroked back to back doubles for a run, and in the ninth McCabe scampered home on Psomas' RBI single, who in turn scored on Posluszny's base hit. Rine then singled in Jake Serfass to complete WVU's scoring.

WVU will face the loser of the Rutgers - Notre Dame game at 7:00 p.m. this evening in another elimination game.


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