Crushing Comebacks

West Virginia's baseball team capped a frustrating Saturday with another loss to Georgetown.

The Mountaineers simply couldn't rid themselves of a scrappy Georgetown team, which continually battled back to finally take a 7-6 win and a sweep of Saturday's doubleheader. The Hoyas took the first game in similar fashion by a 5-4 score.

In the nightcap, West Virginia, once again playing small ball, lost another chance for a big inning in the second when it again opted for a sacrifice bunt after leadoff hitter Kyle Matuszek walked. Casey Bowling, (a .379 hitter) sacrificed Matuszek to second, but also put the first out of the inning on the board. A David Carpenter walk and a Michael Burger single brought Matuszek home, but also could have paved the way for a big number had Bowling been allowed to hit away, especially when a wild pitch later followed that moved the ensuing baserunners up a station. As it was, the uprising died when Tyler Kuhn flied out.

As they did in the first game, the Hoyas responded quickly. This time, Georgetown plated two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. After two singles, the Hoyas scored a pair of unearned runs courtesy of a throwing error and a suicide squeeze that left them with the lead at 2-1.

The back and forth affair continued in the third inning, with each team scoring two runs. WVU retook the lead in the top of the frame when Doug Nelms and Justin Jenkins, who led off the inning with a single and a double, respectively, scored on RBI groundouts. Georgetown put together a pair of doubles and a single in their half to chase Mountaineer starting pitcher Marty Fagler, and although reliever Levi Maxwell was able to stop the bleeding with a strikeout and a double play, the Mountaineers still trailed 4-3.

In the sixth, West Virginia again yo-yoed back into the lead, scoring three runs. Bowling led off with a single and was forced at second on yet another sacrifice bunt attempt, but Burger followed with a hit, and a Georgetown throwing error allowed a run to score. A passed ball and a sacrifice fly plated two more runs, and with Maxwell seemingly in command, it looked as if WVU was poised to split the twin bill.

However, as they did all evening, the Hoyas battled back. Maxwell's lone walk of the game proved crucial when Georgetown catcher Brandon Davis followed it with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score. That uprising seemed to put the final nail in WVU's coffin, as the Mountaineers could manage only one single in the final three innings against two Hoya relief pitchers. And when the Hoyas followed with another run in the bottom of the seventh, they, unlike the Mountaineers, were able to make it stand up.

Bowling and Burger each had three hits for the Mountaineers, who again produced enough offense to win the game. Justin Jenkins also had a pair of doubles – West Virginia's only extra base hits of the game.

With the loss, WVU and Georgetown are now tied with 9-11 records in the Big East conference. The teams will break the deadlock with a single game Sunday at noon.

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