WVU Seesaws Past Kent State

West Virginia rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to record a 5-4 win over Kent State Saturday afternoon in Morgantown.

Kent State opened the scoring with a single marker in the second inning, but the Mountianeers rallied to take a three run lead in the fifth and sixth frames.

West Virginia did the majority of their damage in the fifth inning as they scored three runs. Six straight Mountaineer batters reached base, including Chris Schmidt (single), Mike Frownfelter (single), Dallas Crews (double), Travis D'Amico (walk), Chad Blevins (single) and Eric Grimm (walk). WVU left more runs on the table, however, as they stranded three baserunners in the inning.

The Mountaineers added another run in the sxith on a single by Mike Frownfelter and an RBI double by Dallas Crews.

The Golden Flashes cut the lead to one with two runs in the top of the seventh. Kent State collected four hits in the inning, and combined with an error and an wild pitch from WVU nearly managed to tie the score. Reliever Clayton Ewen came on after starter Zac Kline yielded two runs, and was able to close down the Kent State rally despite yielding another hit and a walk.

WVU then yo-yoed back to manufacture what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on an Eric Grimm double and a pair of fielder's choices.

Kent State wasn't done, however, as catcher Pate O'Brien, who went 4-5 in Friday's contest, homered to lead off the eighth inning to cut the margin to 5-4. Ewen repsonded by striking out the side in the eight and inducing double play ball in the ninth to preserve the win.

WVU will close out the series with the Golden Flashes at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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