WVU Downs UMES In Game One

West Virginia got its bats heated up in the middle innings, then held on for an 8-4 victory in game one of a doubleheader against Maryland - Eastern Shore at Hawley Field on Tuesday.

West Virginia got on the board in the the third inning via coach Greg Van Zant's favorite weapon - the sacrifice bunt. Following Jason Pape's leadoff single, Adam White (hitting .403 on the year) sacrificed him to second, and one batter later Pape scored on a throwing error.

One inning later, the Mountaineers went the power route to dent the scoreboard for four more runs. A Jordon Yost double and a Vince Belnome single set the stage for catcher Justin Parks, who blasted a two-run double to boost WVU's lead to 3-0. A single and a walk loaded the bases, and the Mountaineers then benefitted from more MES miscues, as another walk and a balk plated two more runs.

Additional sloppy play by the visitors resulted in two more runs in the fifth to put the Mountaineers up 7-0. Two walks, two fielders choices and three throwing errors combined to let West Virginia score two runs without hitting the ball out of the infield, and it looked as if West Virginia would cruise home with the win.

To that point, starter Brendan Bergerson had been excellent, giving up just three hits and one walk while working his way out of a mild jam in the fifth by inducing a double play ball to break up a first-and-second with no one out situation. However, in the sixth, he gave up four hits to the first five batters he faced, and after allowing another hit and a walk which forced in a run, gave way to reliever Chris Enourato. Enourato got out of the bases loaded situation he inherited by getting a ground ball forceout, then pitched a flawless 1-2-3 seventh to record the save.

Three of the four runs given up by Bergerson were earned. He struck out five batters while walking just two, and yielded just one extra base hit (a double). Enourato was perfect against the four batters he faced. WVU gave him a bit more breathing room courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Trent Ridgely in the bottom of the sixth, which accounted for the final run in the 8-4 win.

Jason Pape had two hits, scored two runs and drove in another to take high offensive marks for the day. Parks' two-RBI double gave him honors in that category. Justin Jenkins stroked his 18th double of the season to extend his career record in that category at West Virginia. The hit also extended his consecutive game hitting streak to 28 -- two shy of WVU's all-time record.


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