Comeback!

West Virginia managed just two runs through seven innings off Marist starting pitcher Erik Supplee, but when the Red Fox pitcher was pulled from the game, the Mountaineers began the rally that would ultimately give them a 6-5 win.

Supplee, who gave up two West Virginia runs in the fourth inning, pitched his way out a pair of jams against the Mountaineers, who threated often but couldn't put together enough hits to dent the scoreboard more than the aforementioned pair. Although Supplee yielded 11 hits and a walk, he kept West Virginia from getting big hits with men on base, as he stranded seven Mountaineers during his stint on the mound. WVU left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two more in the fourth after scoring two runs in that frame.

Supplee left the game after seven innings with a 5-2 lead, which seemed enough of a cushion for the Red Foxes. However, in the bottom of the eighth, Mountaineer first baseman Jordan Yost came up with one of those hits that doesn't seem big at the time, but proves in retrospect to be a monster. Yost drilled a pitch from reliever Stephen Peterson over the fence to pull the Mountaineers within two -- more reasonable striking distance that WVU would take advantage of just one inning hence.

After reliever Billy Gross again shackled the Foxes in the top of the ninth, West Virginia manufactured some two out lightning in its half. Singles by Tyler Kuhn and Adam White set the stage for a clutch two-run triple from Justin Jenkins, and one batter latter the Mountaineer leader raced home on an error by Marist shortstop Richard Curylo to give WVU its first lead of the game, and the win.

After battling some atypically cold hitting in its first few games of the season, West Virginia hit the ball much better against the Red Foxes. White, Yost and designated hitter Brent Lockhart had three hits each as the Mountaineers collected 15 in the contest. Jenkins' triple gave him RBI honors with two.

Gross, who came on in relief of starter Matt Yurish in the seventh with two on and one out, allowed one runner to score on a sacrifice fly, but afterwards held Marist in check. He struck out five of the 12 batters he faced while allowing two hits, and was the benefactor of the Mountaineer comeback as he earned the win.

WVU remains in Conway, S.C. for another game on Saturday against Rhode Island. The first pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.


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