WVU Baseball Moves To 2-0

The WVU baseball team topped Cleveland State 6-3, to improve its record to 2-0 on Saturday afternoon, at Ernie Shore Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Preseason all-BIG EAST selections Justin Jenkins and Adam White provided most of the Mountaineer offense on the day. Jenkins went 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI while White also had four hits including a double and two runs scored. Junior shortstop Tyler Kuhn went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and freshman third baseman Vince Belnome was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Leading 4-2 in the fourth, West Virginia (2-0) scored two more runs to push the lead out to four runs. White had a single and Kuhn drew a walk to put two runners on base for Jenkins. Jenkins drove in both runners with a double to left center field to leave the scoreboard at 6-2 after four innings. Cleveland State (0-2) added one more run in the top of the ninth when senior Marc Sikora doubled to left center scoring junior Jeff Schellhammer, who had reached on a fielder's choice.

West Virginia junior right-handed pitcher Levi Maxwell went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out six to pick up his first win of the season. Eric Saffell came in to relieve Maxwell. Saffell pitched the final four innings and allowed just one run while fanning four to pick up a save. Cleveland State's Brandon Hewitt recorded the loss after giving up four runs on five hits in just 2.2 innings of work.

"The key to winning today's game was Maxwell throwing the ball in the strike zone," said WVU coach Greg Van Zant. "Saffell went in and threw it in the strike zone as well. The defensive took care of the ball and got outs while White and Jenkins had big days. White acts as a catalyst for us and he got on base four times. Jenkins was key for our offense with his four RBI."

West Virginia has now opened the season 2-0 for the third consecutive year. The Mountaineers will try to complete a series sweep of Cleveland State on Sunday, Feb. 18. Left-handed pitcher Matt Yurish will throw the first pitch of game three at noon.

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