WVU Blanks Hartford

Game experience may have helped West Virginia blank Hartford by the score of 7-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Hawley Field in Morgantown.

West Virginia, playing its ninth game of the season, certainly had to be a bit more comfortable than Hartford, which was competing in its season opener. WVU was playing in its first home game of the year, having compiled a 5-3 recond on trips south to open the season. Hartford either didn't have the ability to make a trip to the far south, or considered Morgantown as a southern swing, but either way there's no doubt that game experience had to help the Mountaineers.

WVU got on the board early when Jordon Yost smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the second to stake starter Levi Maxwell to a 1-0 lead. That would be all the support Maxwell needed, but the Mountaineers didn't stop there. One inning later, WVU manufactured two runs on a pair of bunt singles, a sacrifice bunt, a hit batsman and a double play groundout to put WVU on top 3-0. Justin Parks and Jason Pape then smacked back-to-back doubles in the fourth for a 4-0 lead.

In the meantime, Maxwell was nothing less than masterful. He allowed just three hits and walked none in going the complete seven innings for the win, and allowed just one Hartford runner to reach second base. He was aided by some attention to the few baserunners he allowed as no fewer than three Hartford players were picked off during the contest.

Meanwhile, WVU piled up insurance runs in the fifth inning. Mike Schmidt pinch hit and produced an RBI on a sacrifice fly, and Vince Belnome stroked a two-RBI double to close out the scoring.

Game two of the doubleheader was postponed, and will be played Monday at noon.

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