Baseball Opens With Win

Cold temperatures kept both offenses in check for much of the game, but West Virginia's baseball team erupted for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Cleveland State in the opener for both teams on Friday.

Pitcher Kenny Durst shut out the Vikings over the first six innings, but CSU pitcher Stephen Procner returned the favor. Procner then received the first support of the game in the top of the seventh, as the Vikings finally got to Durst for a run. However, he couldn't make it stand up, as West Virginia plated four runs in the bottom of the inning, chasing him from the contest whil taking command of the game.

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.

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