Salvage Job

Despite giving up six runs in the fifth inning, West Virginia battled back to salvage the final game of the Georgetown series by the score of 10-8.

As has been the case for much of the season, WVU's hitting paved the way for the victory. Mountaineer batters smacked 14 hits, and every position player but one in the starting lineup had at least one hit. WVU also took advantage of seven Hoya walks -- mistakes that Georgetown hurlers didn't make in the first two games of the series.

For the third time in the series, West Virginia jumped out on top in the early going. A Doug Nelms sacrifice fly scored one run in the second, and Casey Bowling and Adam White followed with run-scoring hits in the third to give WVU a 3-0 lead.

Mountaineer starter Kenny Durst was untouchable through three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out the side in the second. He did run into trouble in the fourth, loading the bases with none out, but a pickoff, a strikeout and a routine flyout ended that threat. That rally, nipped in the bud as it was, set the stage for Hoya fireworks in the fifth.

Georgetown used three singles, a walk and a throwing error to score two runs, which sent Durst to the bench in favor of reliever Joe Stupka. He was unable to stem the tide, however, as Georgetown created a run with a sacrifice fly, then worked him for two more walks. Eric Saffell then came on for Stupka, but gave up all of his baserunners as Brandon Davis delivered a bases-loaded double to score three more runs and give the Hoyas a 6-3 lead.

West Virginia refused to give up, despite the fact that the Hoyas seemed to have a rally for every offensive score the Mountaineers put up during the series. WVU tied the game in the top of the sixth, with the big hit being a two-run single by DH Michael Burger, only to see the Hoyas retake the lead at 8-6 in the bottom of the frame on a pair of RBI doubles. Those tallies, however, were the final ones for the Hoyas on the afternoon.

WVU battled back to tie the game with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, then delivered the coup de grace in the ninth when Jenkins, allowed to swing away after a leadoff single by Nelms, clubbed a two-run homer to centerfield to give the Mountaineers a 10-8 lead. Saffell, who allowed baserunners in both the seventh and eight innings but kept the home team off the board, then pitched a flawless ninth to preserve the win.

Bowling was the offensive catalyst on the day, smacking three hits and scoring three runs. Jenkins, Burger and Kyle Matuszek each had two hits as well.

With the win, West Virginia moved to 10-11 in the league and broke a tie with the Hoyas, who fell to 9-12. WVU next hosts Maryland in a single non-conference home game on Tuesday before travelling to Cincinnati on Friday for another important three game set.

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