WVU Defeats Bonnies

West Virginia got a three-run homer from Lee Fritz in the first inning, and that was all the Mountaineers needed to down St. Bonaventure in the opening game of a two game set at Hawley Field on Tuesday.

In West Virginia's last two games, the Mountaineers got their number one and two batters aboard in the first inning, then had number three hitter Lee Fritz lay down a sacrifice bunt. Today against St. Bonaventure, the WVU brain trust dropped that strategy, and it paid off in spades.

Fritz, allowed to hit away, crushed a Mike McCormack offering for a three-run blast that gave the homestanding Mountaineers an early lead, then got a great pitching performance from freshman Travis McGrath to take the opening game the two game series by the score of 4-1.

McGrath pitched an outstanding game, striking out 13 while walking just two. He scattered five hits in his complete game performance, and only yielded a two-out run in the ninth to mar his excellent outing. McGrath threw 140 pitches in the contest.

The Bonnies threatened in the third inning, putting two runners aboard, but McGrath induced a ground ball to put that threat to bed. St. Bonaventure did manage to score one run in the ninth, but McGrath ended the game in style by striking out Damian Blakely for the fourth time in the contest to end any hopes of a comeback.

The story for WVU continues to be one of pitching and defense. When the Mountaineers show crisp defensive play and avoid errors and walks, wins usually result. That was certainly the case in this game, as West Virginia played an errorless game in the field to support McGrath's performance.

Tim Edmeads drove in an insurance run for WVU in the bottom of the eighth, and had two hits on the day. Kurtis Clinton also had a pair of hits for WVU, which left eight runners on base.

West Virginia concludes the short series with a single game tomorrow against the Bonnies, then opens the Big East schedule against Notre Dame with a three game series at home this weekend.

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