Big Inning Propels Mountaineers

WVU evened their three game series with East Tennessee State with a 9-0 five inning win on Friday evening at Hawley Field.

West Virginia scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and added two more in the fifth as they broke open what appeared to be shaping up as a pitchers' duel. WVU hurler Zac Cline and ETSU starter Steven Calicutt each allowed just one hit apiece over the first three innings, but the Mountaineer bats began speaking with authority to give WVU their first win in almost two weeks.

Travis D'Amico struck the first big blow of the uprising when he tripled home two runs. After run-scoring hits by Doug Nelms and Jake Serfass, Grant Psomas capped the inning with a three-run homer to the power alley in left center field.

In all, the Mountaineers sent eleven batters to the plate, and produced seven hits to perfectly match their seven runs scored.

WVU added two more runs in the next inning, as Nelms upped his RBI total by stroking a two-run homer to left after a David Carpenter double.

Cline didn't need all that support, although the comfort of a seven run outburst was undoubtedly welcomed by the Mountaineers' most consistent pitcher. Cline faced just one batter over the minimum during five inning contest, allowing just two hits (one baserunner was erased on a double play) and walking none.

Heavy rains in the Morgantown area ended the game after five innings, giving the homestanding Gold and Blue a much-needed win. The victory broke a six-game WVU losing streak, and helped the Mountaineers avoid their third seven-game losing streak of the season. The final game of the series will be played Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Hawley Field.

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