Mountaineers Rally For Win

WVU's Grant Psomas, Kurtis Clinton and Stan Posluszny powered a ninth inning rally to give WVU a 6-5 win over Akron in their final non-conference game of the season.

Trailing 5-4 with two outs and no one on base in the top of the ninth, Psomas knotted the score with a solo home run to left field. Following that blast, Clinton tripled to right, then scored the winning run when Posluszny singled him home.

WVU played from behind for most of the game. The homestanding Zips scored four runs in the second off starter Brendan Berguson, then added another run in the fifth to stake themselves to a 5-1 lead. The Mountaineers continued to battle, however, and made a game of it with a three-run sixth.

Kyle Matuszek blasted a two-run homer, and Doug Nelms manufactured a run by singling, advancing to second on a sacrfice bunt, then scoring on a passed ball and a resulting wild throw by Akron catcher Jim Bonnette.

Meanwhile, relief pitchers Justin Asbury (three innings, one earned run), Ryan Lipscomb (2 1/3 innings, no runs) and Wes Osbourn (2 1/3 innings, no runs, four strikeouts) combined to hold the Zips in check after their early outburst. Osbourn got the win after his perfect relief stint, where he retired all seven batters he faced.

Clinton and Posluszny each had three hits, and Psomas added a pair. WVU is now 21-28 on the season, and wraps up their 2004 campaign with a three game series at Connecticut this weekend.

With a sweep, the Mountaineers could finish as high as sixth in the league, depending on the outcome of other games. WVU is currently tied with the Huskies for eight place with an 8-15 conference mark.

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