ACC-entuate the Positive

West Virginia's baseball team continued the school's dominance over the ACC with a 13-2 pasting of Maryland at Hawley Field on Tuesday.

Over the past year, West Virginia's football team has defeated Maryland and Georgia Tech Gator Bowl), while the basketball team has knocked off N.C. State (twice) and Clemson (NIT Championship). On Tuesday, the Mountaineer baseball team got into the fun.

After spotting the visiting Terrapins an early 1-0 lead, the Mountaineers, who lead the Big East in several offensive categories, teed off on Maryland's pitching staff for 11 runs over a three inning stretch. Five Mountaineers enjoyed multi-hit days, including Adam White (2-4)Tyler Kuhn (3-6), Justin Jenkins (3-5), Vince Belnome (2-5), and Jason Pape (3-4).

West Virginia worked its way through five Maryland pitchers in the laugher over the ACC foe.

WVU starter Josh Whitlock gave up a one-out solo home run to A.J. Casario in the first inning, but then settled into a groove that kept the Terps in check. He yielded just one more run in the next seven innings, and struck out seven while walking just two.

While Whitlock held the Terrapins in check, the Mountaineer bats began booming. In the third, Pape led off with a double, and after the obligatory sacrifice bunt, Justin Jenkins drove him home with a double that could have done more damage had White been allowed to swing away. Austin Markel then walked, and DH Trent Ridgley continued his extra base assault with a three-run homer that put the Mountaineers ahwad 4-1.

Two more runs went up on the Mountaineer side of the ledger in the fourth, as Jordon Yost led off with a solo home run, and Jason Schmidt walked, moved to second on yet another sacrifice bunt, then scored on Tyler Kuhn's single.

Maryland tried to close the gap in the fifth, but Whitlock worked his way out of jam that consisted of runners on second and third with just one out. A Maryland groundout scored one run, but Whitlock induced a routine flyout to center to end the threat.

Leading 6-2, West Virginia zoomed away from the Terps just as the football team did last fall. A five-run fifth, highlighted by Kuhn's two-run double, put the Mountaineers on top 13-2 and made the final t3 1/2 innings a formality. Mike Schmidt, White and Pape all added run scoring singles in the inning for WVU.

The Mountaineers rubbed some salt in the wound with two more runs in the seventh as Pape and White scored courtesy of a wild pitch and a Kuhn double, respectively. Brendan Bergerson came on in the ninth, and despite putting two men aboard via a walk and an error, did not give up any runs.

Seven of WVU's 17 hits went for extra bases, confirming the notion that the Mountaineers can hit with just about any team in the country.

West Virginia heads back into conference play with a three game league set against St. John's this weekend in Morgantown. The Red Storm are tied with Louisville for second in the Big East with an 11-4 league mark, while the Mountaineers are locked up with Notre Dame at 6-8 in seventh.

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