Trailing 3-0 through four and one-half inings, it looked as if the Mountaineers would again suffer a loss due to lack of offensive production. However, in the bottom of the fifth, West Virginia's offense suddenly ignited. WVU posted seven runs in the inning by stringing together four singles, a double, two walks, two bunts and a passed ball off Seahawk starter Daniel Cropper. When the smoke cleared, the Mountaineers held a commanding 7-3 lead, but UNCW wasn't finished yet.
In the top of the eighth, a two run double narrowed the gap to two, and one inning later pinch-hitter Matt Holt smacked a solo home run to cut it to 7-6. At that point, reliever Chris Enourato stepped in to record the final three outs and earn his first save of the season.
After a rocky second inning in which he yielded three runs (fueled by a leadoff walk and an error by left fielder Justin Jenkins, WVU starter Levi Maxwell settled down to pitch WVU through the seventh inning. He walked three and struck out six to record his first win of the season.
WVU is in action again on Monday as it faces Norfolk State on the return trip to Morgantown. Gametime is 2:00 p.m.