Evening Up

West Virginia pitcher Matt Yurish pitched an efficient eight innings to help WVU to a 5-3 win over South Florida on Friday.

Yurish struck out six Bulls, and more importantly, did not walk a batter as he allowed just one earned run. Two of USF's three runs came as direct results of Mountaineer fielding errors -- otherwise Yurish's performance would have been even more impressive.

USF got on the board first courtesy of joey Angelberger's double and two West Virginia errors. The Mountaineer defense partially atoned for the second inning miscues by turning a double play to end the inning, but that wasn't the end of the self-inflicted wounds. One inning later, USF's Braulio Pardo reached second on a throwing error, and later scored on Addison Maruszak's single -- the second uneared run of the contest.

It appeared as if WVU was headed to a repeat performance of Friday's meltdown, but at this point the defense steadied while the offense went to work to remove the deficit in the bottom of the fourth.

Stan Posluszny, Casey Bowling and David Carpenter put together run-scoring singles, and an error by Angelberger on Carpenter's hit allowed a fourth run to score. West Virginia added an insurance run in the eighth on Posluszny's RBI single, which increased the lead to 5-2.

Meanwhile, Yurish was settling into a groove. He faced just two batters over the minimum from the fourth through the eighth innings, and had a shot at a complete game before yielding a leadoff single in the ninth. Reliever Levi Maxwell allowed the run to score on Brian Baisley's triple, which brought the tying run to the plate with no one out, but managed to record a strikeout, a lineout to second and a grounder to third to get the save.

WVU got a boost in the Big East standings, as Rutgers lost to fall to 13-13 on the year. The Mountaineers can sew up a fifth-place conference finish with a win on Saturday over the Bulls, while USF needs either a win or a Pitt loss to make it to the post season. The Big East tournament begins on Tuesday, May 23.

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