Baseball Sweeps Important Doubleheader

After splitting three straight doubleheaders with Big East foes, WVU reversed the trend by sweeping league leading UConn in a twin bill Saturday.

Three times in recent weeks, WVU had won opening games (against Georgetown, St. John's, and Notre Dame) only to drop the night cap in disappointing fashion.

Saturday, the Mountaineers broke that streak with a pair of wins over the Huskies, who came into the games with a conference leading 6-1 record.

WVU won the opening game 5-3 behind the pitching of Billy Biggs, who has quickly established himself as the ace of the staff. Biggs allowed UConn a pair of first inning runs, but gave up only one more over the next six innings.

The Mountaineers scored five runs on only five hits in the opener, and took advantage of three Husky errors.

The nightcap was anything but normal, as West Virginia held on for a wild 8-7 win. After trading single runs through the first seven innings, the Mountaineers erupted for five scores in the bottom of the eighth to take an 8-2 lead. WVU used five hits and two walks in the inning to build the seemingly insurmountable lead, but the excitement wasn't over yet.

As has been the case on more than one occasion this year, WVU relief pitchers struggled with a big lead. The Huskies put up a five spot of their own in the top of the ninth, and had the tying run on base before relieve pitcher Chris Amedro came on to record the final out.

The Mountaineers and Huskies are now part of a four way tie atop the Big East with 6-3 conference records, along with Boston College and Virginia Tech. However, Mountaineers hold the tie breaker advantage with UConn, even if the Huskies should take tomorrow's single game. WVU plays BC and the Hokies later this year.

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