Mountaineers Rally to Break Skid

Lee Fritz' two out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh gave WVU their first Big East win of the season on Thursday afternoon at Hawley Field.

Fritz' clutch hit followed a two-out infield single by Jake Serfass, who reached base on all four plate appearances in WVU's 4-3 win. The victory, which pushed the Mountaineers to 1-6 in league play, was sorely needed following three game sweeps at the hands of Notre Dame and Rutgers.

The Pirates got to Mountaineer starter Zac Cline for three early runs to take control of the game, with two of those resulting from self-inflicted wounds. The Pirates scored one run in the second on a two singles and two hit batsmen, the second coming with the bases loaded to drive in a run, then added a two run homer in the third, with the runner on base coming courtesy of a Cline walk.

Meanwhile, Pirate hurler Jake Haggerty was establishing dominance, yielding only one hit over the first four innings. Haggerty ran into a bit of trouble in the fifth, but stranded two Mountaineer baserunners to keep the margin at three runs.

In the sixth, WVU finally got their offense untracked. Grant Psomas smacked an RBI double, which chased Haggerty from the game. Relief pitcher Chris Noonan managed to get the second out of the inning, but Kyle Matuszek singled on a bunt to drive in another run, and WVU then executed a double steal to manufacture the tying tally, as Psomas scored to knot the game at three when Seton Hall threw the ball away in an attempt to get Psomas at the plate. That effort set the stage for Serfass and Fritz, whose two-out heroics put WVU into the win column in the first game of the doubleheader.

After the rough start, Cline battled the Pirates over the final four innings. Despite hitting three batters and walking three others, Cline manged to extricate himself from a pair of jams as he twice stranded two Pirate runners.

Serfass and Matuszek each had two hits to pace WVU's eight hit attack. Game two of the doubleheader will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m.


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