Mountaineers Take Opening Game of Doubleheader

West Virginia won their second game in a row with a 8-2 win over Akron in the opening game of a doubleheader at Hawley Field.

WVU got off to a shaky start, as the Zips opened the scoring by leading off the game with a pair of singles and bringing a run across with a sacrifice bunt and a groundout. However, Zac Cline, the most experienced hurler on the Mountaineer staff, avoided further trouble by getting a fly ball out, and it didn't take WVU long to answer.

In the bottom of the inning, Casey Bowling led off with a double, and Jake Serfass walked. With two on and no out, WVU took the bat out of Lee Frtiz' hands with a sacrifice bunt, moving Bowling and Serfass into scoring position. Grant Psomas followed with an infield single to drive in one run, and Stan Posluszny stroked another RBI single one batter latter to give the Mountaineers their first lead.

WVU broke the game open with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Casey Bowling plated all three runs in the fourth with a bases clearing three-RBI double, and although he was stranded after stealing third, the Mountaineers seemed in control of the contest with a 5-2 lead.

That feeling was intensified after a three-run fifth, when the Mountaineers parlayed a pair of hits, a walk and an error into more scores. Grant Psomas led of with a hit, and Kurtis Clinton reached on an error. Posluszny followed with his second RBI of the game, and after a Travis D'Amico walk, Doug Nelms plated a run with a sacrifice fly, and Bowling smacked his second run scoring double of the game to bring home Posluszny with the eighth run of the game for the home team.

Meanwhile, Cline remained in control of the Zip offense. After yielding hits to the two leadoff batters, Cline allowed just three hits over the next five innings. In the top of the seventh, Akron again got their first two leadoff batters aboard, this time with a double and a single, but Cline escaped with minimal damage after inducing a double-play ball that allowed just one run to score.

Cline finished his solid complete game performance by yielding just two earned runs. He struck out six, and did not walk a batter. That, coupled with WVU's excellent defensive play (no errors), minimized Zip scoring chances and kept WVU in command.

The Mountaineers will now go for a doubleheader sweep and try to extend their winning streak to three in game two.

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