Missed Opportunities

West Virginia and Connecticut each had 12 hits in Thursday's Big East matchup, but the Huskies made more of theirs count in a 6-3 road win.

Ths Huskies used a pair of three run innings and some clutch relief pitching to take the first game of the series in Morgantown. West Virginia left thirteen runners on base and missed several chances to plate more runs that the trio they scored on the night.

After falling behind 3-0, the Mountaineers appeared to have the makings of a big inning going in the bottom of the fourth. WVU scored two runs and had runners on second and third with one out. At that point, West Virginia opted for a sacrifice bunt, and although the move scored Casey Bowling, it also resulted in the second out of the inning. Tyler Kuhn then struck out to end the threat, allowing the Huskies to maintain the lead.

Another three run outburst in the top of the eighth put the visitors ahead 6-2, but WVU wasn't finished. The Mountaineers put together four consecutive hits to lead off the ninth, which brought home one run and had the bases loaded with no outs. At that point, however, relief pitcher Ted Garry, who had come on at the start f the inning, steadied himself by striking out Kyle Matuszek and Bowling, then inducing a game ending flyout from David Carpenter.

Justin Jenkins and Bowling each had three hits for the Mountaineers, who fell to to 25-9 overall and 5-5 in the conference. The two teams face off in the second game of the series on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

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