Back On Winning Track

It didn't take West Virginia long to bounce back from a rare loss at Seton Hall.

Pitcher Matt Yurish became the seventh Mountaineer to pitch a no-hitter when he blanked Coppin State 11-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at Hawley Field on Tuesday afternoon. Yurish faced 27 batters in the seven-inning game, and allowed six baserunners (five via walks and one on a passed ball third strike), but only allowed one runner to reach second base.

Meanwhile, WVU's bats were again smoking, as the Mountaineers scored in four of their six chances at the plate. Third baseman Justin Jenkins and first baseman Kyle Matuszek accounted for much of the damage, as each recorded three hits in four at bats and combined to drive in six of WVU's 11 runs, while seven of West Virginia's eight position players had at least one hit. The Mountaineers also took advantage of four Coppin State errors to score seven unearned runs in the opener.

WVU was again airtight on defense, committing no errors in support of Yurish's gem.

In the nightcap, the Mountaineers continued to bash the ball, ripping another 12 hits to help secure the sweep. Matuszek completed a day to remember by ripping a pair of solo home runs to cap off a six for eight batting day with four runs scored and six RBI. Casey Bowling followed Matuszek's second homer with a blast of his own over the left field wall in the eighth inning to provide WVU with some insurance runs.

Starter Brendan Bergerson wasn't quite as good as Yurish, but was very effective over six innings, allowing the visitors just two runs on five hits while striking out seven. He was relieved by Trent Ridgely, who yielded a solo home run to CSU's Ryan Deakyne in the eighth, but then settled to record a save. He had five strikeouts against just one walk in the contest.

With the pair of wins, WVU moves to 25-4 overall, and remains at 5-1 in Big East play. The Mountaineers travel to Rutgers on Friday for a three game weekend set with the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers, typically a strong team, has struggled early this year, and is 10-14-1 overall, and 2-4 in the conference. Rutgers was a 6-5 winner over Wagner on Tuesday, and plays Monmouth on Wednesday before hosting West Virginia over the weekend.


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