Losing Streak Continues

Close games. Blowouts. Nail biters. Laughers. No matter what the type of game, West Virginia's baseball team simply can't seem to win one against the Irish.

Saturday's contest fell into the latter category, as Notre Dame scored 11 runs in the first three innings and cruised home to a 17-6 victory, its tenth in a row over the Mountaineers. The homestanding Irish did almost of their damage in the second, third and sixth innings, with 16 of their 17 runs coming in those three frames.

WVU pitcher Matt Yurish was rocked for eight earned runs in just two innings of work, and reliever Tretn Ridgley, who had a perfect outing in his last releif appearance, yielded four more in three innings. Eric Saffel pitched the final two frames, and also gave up four runs. Although the Notre Dame batting order hardly needed the help, as it blasted four home runs, the Mountaineer staff assisted with nine walks and two hit batsmen on the afternoon. Yurish, who took the loss, fell to 2-3 on the season.

After falling behind 6-0 in the second, WVU rallied in the top of the third. With two outs and Tyler Kuhn and Jordon Yost aboard, Ridgley doubled to drive in both baserunners, and Vince Belnome followed with a single to score Ridgley. The rally died, however, when Jason Pape struck out.

West Virginia's stay in the game was short lived, as Notre Dame added five runs in the bottom of the third for an 11-3 lead. Justin Jenkins extended his school record hitting streak with an RBI single in the sxith, but the Irish answered with five more runs to make it 16-4. Mike Schmidt added a two-run double in the ninth to close out West Virginia's scoring.

Ridgley had three hits and two RBI for the Mountaineers, while Kuhn and Belnome (who was also asked to sacrifice bunt with one on and no outs in the top of the second) each had two hits.

WVU will try to end the streak, and salvage something of the series, in a single game on sunday afternoon.

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