Sweeping Start

West Virginia's baseball team is off to a 3-0 start in the Big East after sweeping Seton Hall over the weekend.

WVU completed the sweep on Sunday by scoring in the bottom of the ninth to edge the Pirates 4-3. That win followed Saturday's action, when WVU downed the Pirates by scores of 4-3 and 12-5.

The Mountaineer win came courtesy of the sort of manufactured run that is prized by Mountaineer coach Greg Van Zant, although this one was a bit odd, to say the least. Leading off the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 3-3, second baseman Jason Pape was hit by a pitch, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Adam White moved him to third on an infield single, then Pape scampered home with the winning run courtesy of another wild pitch.

Up until that point, it had been the long ball that dominated the action. WVU started the day's scoring in the bottom of the first, when Tyler Kuhn smoked a solo home run to give the Mountaineers an early lead. Seton Hall's Greg Miller answered with a solo shot of his own in the top of the fourth to tie the score, but WVU bounced right back one inning later on Austin Markel's two-run blast to retake the lead.

Seton Hall then scored solo runs in the sixth and seventh to tie things up and set up the dramatics in the ninth.

Mountaineer reliever Chris Enourato got the win after coming on for starter Kenny Durst in a bases-loaded situation in the sixth. Enourato struck out The Hall's Tim McCann to get out of that jam, but yielded the Pirates' seventh-inning tally after walking the leadoff hitter. That blemish, however, was erased by his heroics in the ninth, as he struck out the side to set the stage for Pape's tour of the bases.

In all, Enourato struck out six batters in 3 1/3 innings while yielding just one earned run. Durst also turned in a solid effort, allowing just one earned run, five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

At the plate, Kuhn had two hits, including the home run, and scored two runs for WVU. Markel also had two hits and a run scored, while leadoff hitter Adam White had a pair of hits as well.

WVU goes back out of conference as they host Canisius in a home doubleheader on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.


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