WVU Takes Game One from Irish

WVU dropped potent Notre Dame depeer into the Big East cellar with a 4-2 win in the opening game of an important doubleheader Thursday afternoon in Morgantown.

Notre Dame, picked to again win the Big East conference, was a pedestrian 9-9 on the season, including an 0-3 conference mark. The results were partly due to a string of injuries that left Notre Dame undermanned at several key positions throughout the early part of the season. The Irish, however, remained a dangerous and talented squad as they came into Morgantown for the twinbill.

Notre Dame got off to a good start with two runs in the first, courtesy of a groundout and a double. From that point on, however, Mountaineer starter Billy Biggs dominated the Irish. Biggs allowed only four hits after the first inning on his way to the victory, although not without some drama.

The Irish put the tying runs on base in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Biggs battled out of trouble in both frames.

The Mountaineers pressured the Irish throughout the game, but missed several chances to break the game open. WVU left 13 men on base in the seven inning contest. The Mountaineers gathered 11 hits in the contest, while the Irish only managed six.

WVU manufactured single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to rally and take the lead, and added an insurance run in the sixth on a squeeze bunt with two outs.

WVU is now 3-1 in the Big East conference and 11-8 overall. Notre Dame fell to 0-4 and 9-10.

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