Big East Woes

West Virginia fell further behind conference foe Villanova as the Wildcats took game two on Saturday by the score of 10-5.

Villanova rode the momentum of its 6-4 comeback win in game one to drop West Virginia further behind in the race for a Big East tournament spot. The Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back as they completed the sweep.

The Mountaineers tried to dig themselves out of the early hole, and gave themselves a bit of life with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Trent Ridgley scored on a wild pitch and Chris Enourato drove in Jordon Yost with a single to cut the deficit in half, but the Mountaineer were unable to cut into the deficit over the next four innings.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats added a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings to extend their lead to 8-2. A pair of doubles in the fifth drove in the runs in that frame, while two hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a hit batsman accounted for the Villanova tallies in the sixth.

West Virginia again tried to claw its way back into the game in the seventh, as it loaded the bases with none out. Although all three of those runners scored, thhe Mountaineers couldn't come up with the big hit that would have set up a really huge inning. Each run was traded for an out, and although the Mountaineer half ended with WVU trailing by just three, the chance got a big blow seemed to have gone by the wayside.

Villanova wasted no time in getting some of the runs back, as a two run homer in the top of the seventh pushed the margin back to 10-5. And when West Virginia couldn't must any additional rallies over the final two innings, the Wildcats had their second win of the day.

With the losses, West Virginia fell to tenth in the league at 6-13. WVU is two games behind eight-place Cincinnati (8-11), and 1/2 game behind ninth-place Connecticut. Villanova moved into sole possession of seventh place at 9-11.

With just seven league games remaining, the Mountaineers will likely have to win at least six of them to have any chance of making the tournament. Their first chance to do so comes in a single game against the Wildcats on Sunday.

WVU pitcher Matt Yurish went the distance, allowing nine earned runs on ten hits. He struch out three and walked two, but also uncorked two wild pitches and hit two Villanova batters. Justin Jenkins had a tough day at the plate, going a combined 0-9. Chris Enourato had two RBI for the Mountaineers, who managed just six hits in the contest.


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