Streak Continues

West Virginia jumped on top early but couldn't hold on as it dropped a 5-2 decision to Notre Dame on Friday in South Bend.

The Mountaineers, attempting to break an eight-game losing streak against the Irish, scored two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead. Jason Pape singled to start things off, then roared home on Tyler Kuhn's triple to right field. Justin Jenkins followed with another clutch hit to score Kuhn, which not only extended his school-record hitting streak but also provided the Mountaineers with their second run of the game.

Unfortunately, that was all the West Virginia offense could produce, as the Mountaineers failed to mount another serious scoring threat. Irish pitcher David Phelps, who entered the game with an ERA of 1.34, scattered seven hits and struck out six while pitching his third complete game of the season.

Notre Dame wasted little time responding to West Virginia's scores, tallying two in the bottom of the third to tie the score. The Irish then scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead, and eventually, the game.

Levi Maxwell matched Phelps' complete game effort, but gave up five runs (four earned) while striking out two and walking two. He was hampered by three errors from the defense, which has been solid for most of the year. Two of those miscues figured in two of Notre Dame's runs on the evening.

Tyler Kuhn was the only Mountaineer to get more than one hit, as he recorded a triple and a single on the afternoon.

With the win, the Irish moved into a tie with WVU in sixth place in the league with a mark, and also got a leg up on a tiebreaker should it come into play. The teams play single games again on Saturday and Sunday.

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