WVU Suffers Sweep

The West Virginia baseball team rallied from an early three-run deficit to force extra innings, but visiting Boston College smoked a grand slam in the top of the twelfth inning to record their third straight victory over the Mountaineers.

Boston College was the beneficiary of two big hits that scored all seven of their runs as they downed WVU 7-3 on Sunday afternoon. In addition to the grand slam, the Eagles got a three-run double from Garrett Greer in the top of the first inning to stake themselves to an early lead.

WVU chipped away at the margin with single runs in the first, third and fifth innings to tie the score, but missed chances to put more runs up and win the game in regulation. The Mountaineers left three runners on in the first, and left at least one runner stranded in every inning from the third to the seventh.

After the rocky first inning, WVU starter Shawn Miller pitched well scattering seven hits while striking out five. He yielded to Todd Dunham, who finished out the tenth and pitched a perfect eleventh before the fateful twelfth.

In that frame, Dunham allowed a leadoff single, but empted the bases by inducing a strikeout on a bunt attempt and getting the Eagle runner caught while trying to steal. However, with two out and the bases empty, a walk, a single and another walk brought Eagle left fielder Jason Delaney to the plate, and he responded with a home run to clear the bases.

Stan Posluszny had two doubles for the Mountaineers, and was the only WVU player with more than one hit. West Virginia is now 18-26 overall, and 8-15 in the Big East.

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