Back-To-Back Shutouts

On Friday, WVU used a big inning to win a rain-shortened game against East Tennesse State. Saturday, the Mountaineers' offensive attack was less explosive, but WVU managed to scrape together four single tallies to nab a 4-0 win over the Buccaneers.

The Mountaineers manufactured a run in the first with a single, a walk, and two groundouts, then added another run in the third as Kurtis Clinton singled home Grant Psomas, who had doubled with one out. WVU moved to a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning as left fielder Kyle Matuszek homered over his defensive position, and then made it 4-0 in the seventh when Psomas drove home Justin Richards with a sacrifice fly.

Complementing the offensive production was WVU's second straight stellar pitching performance. Shawn Miller, who allowed just five hits and two walks in his outstanding nine inning inning complete game, was backed up with solid defense. West Virginia committed no errors and turned two double plays to snuff out scoring threats, providing the kind of support that WVU pitchers haven't seen for much of the season.

Miller, who has struggled with control problems for much of the season, showed what he is capable of doing when his control is sharp. Miller yielded no walks or hit batsman (two categories which he leads the team in), and managed to weather a one hour rain delay in the top of the eighth inning. After sitting out the weather, Miller returned to strike out Shane Byrne with a runner on third, then recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning to even his record at 5-5. Miller lowered his ERA from 7.04 to 6.24.

The rain delay in the top of the eighth inning halted play on Saturday, but unlike Friday's contest this game was played to conclusion. The win, which gave the Mountaineers a 2-1 series win against the Bucs, was WVU's 20th on the season against 28 losses.

Jake Serfass, Kurtis Clinton, Justin Asbury and J. C. Sousa were honored on during Senior Day festivites as the Mountaineers wrapped up their 2004 home schedule. WVU has four road games left - a single game against Akron and three games against Big East foe UConn.


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