Biggs' Shoes Filled By Whitlock

West Virginia's baseball team swept both seven-inning games of a doubleheader with winless Coppin State on Tuesday at Hawley Field. Pitcher Josh Whitlock no-hit the Eagles in a seven-inning 10-0 win in game two after WVU took the first game, 12-0.

Whitlock did not give up a single hit in seven innings and walked just three batters and WVU scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to enforce the 10-run rule in game two. Whitlock (3-3) struck out eight Eagle batters en route to picking up his third win of the year.

Whitlock becomes the eighth pitcher in school history to throw a no-hitter. The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter was junior Matt Yurish, who coincidentally fired a seven-inning no-no against Coppin State on March 4, 2006. The last pitcher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter was Billy Biggs (vs. Buffalo) back in 2002.

West Virginia (17-8, 3-3 BIG EAST) was led by senior Justin Jenkins at the plate. Jenkins extended his hitting streak to 24 games by going to 3-for-5 with an RBI. Teammate Adam White added three RBI to go with his 2-for-3 effort and Austin Markel drove in three runs with a bases clearing double to end the game.

In game one, WVU scored 12 runs on 12 hits to cruise to a 12-0 victory. The Mountaineers got a seven-inning complete game shutout from senior Brendan Bergerson. Bergerson (2-0) allowed just five hits and only walked one batter while striking out six Eagle batters to earn the win.

Jenkins went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI while sophomore centerfielder Adam White also went 2-for-4 with two RBI as eight of nine starters recorded a hit. Coppin State falls to 0-25 on the year; West Virginia next faces USF in a three game series April 5-7.


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