WVU Downs Hartford Again

West Virginia scored early, then weatherd a last inning rally to down Hartford 11-5 in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

The Mountaineers followed the same script from its single game win on Friday as it rode early offensive production and a strong starting pitching performance in getting its second consecutive win at home. WVU made its hits count, as it scored 11 times on just nine base hits.

West Virginia started off the first inning with a bang, as Tyler Kuhn smacked a two-run homer following Adam White's leadoff walk. Vince Belnome added a run in the second when he scurried home on a double steal to make the score 3-0.

The third gave the Mountaineers all the runs they would need, as four more baserunners crossed the plate. Jordon Yost drove home two of the tallies with WVU's second two-run homer of the afternoon, then Justin Parks and Jason Pape followed with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, respectively, to run the count to 7-0.

In the meantime, West Virginia was receiving its second consecutive solid pitching performance from a starter. While Matt Yurish did walk five batters in six innings, he allowed just two hits and struck out eight. His only blemish came in the top of the sixth, when he loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsman. However, he was able to work his way out of the jam after yielding a single run on a sacrifice fly.

The Mountaineers added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of two-run hits. Adam White secured two RBI with a single, and one batter later Justin Jenkins followed with a two-run double to close WVU's scoring.

The only negative on the afternoon was West Virginia's releif pitching. Trent Ridgley allowed four earned runs on two hits, two walks and a pair of wild pitches, but managed to record the final out of the game to preserve Yurish's win.

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