Durst went 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win, with only the one earned run on his stat sheet. He struck out three batters, but walked just two wihile giving up seven hits. Reliever Billy Gross came on to get the final out of the seventh, then pitched two excellent innings to close out the game. He yielded just one hit and one walk while striking out three.
Shortstop Tyler Kuhn picked up right where he left off a year ago, delivering a clutch single that drove in two runs, while also stealing a base. Rightfielder Austin Markel had two hits --the only Mountaineer to collect more than one.
The teams square off again at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.