Win Keeps WVU In Place

West Virginia got the first of three wins it needed against Georgetown on Thursday, but still remains a game out of a playoff spot.

WVU's 8-1 win over the Hoyas moved the Mountaineers to 9-15 in the league, but a win by by Connecticut put the Huskies into the eighth and final playoff spot with a 9-13 record. The Huskies have two games remaining against Notre Dame, while West Virginia has the same number against Georgetown.

The Mountaineers also have to contend with Cincinnati, which has an identical 9-13 mark in the league.

While scoreboard watching, WVU took care of its own business against Georgetown. The Mountianeers got off to an early lead and rode the iron arm of Josh Whitlock, who threw yet another complete game gem. Whitlock allowed just four hits and one unearned run on the way to his seventh victory of the season. Although he did walk seven Hoyas, he struck out ten and yielded just one extra base hit, while stranding nine Hoya baserunners.

At the plate, the Mountaineers were likewise crisp. WVU loaded the bases to start the second, the scored its first run when Chris Enourato walked. One batter later, Adam White drove in the second run of the inning with a single. Tyler Kuhn followed with another run scoring hit, giving WVU a 3-0 lead.

The Mountaineers added a single run in the third when Jason Pape tripled to drive in Trent Ridgley, then tacked on two more runs in the fourth on Austin Markel's two-run single.

Georgetown scored its only run in the fifth via a double, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly. That tally cut the margin to 6-1, but the Hoyas never threatened to make a game of it. Whitlock allowed two baserunners in each of the next two innings, but battled to get key outs and keep the visitors off the scoreboard.

The Mountaineers got that run back one inning later when Justin Jenkins crushes a solo home run, and closed the scoring in the eighth with three consecutive singles from Justin Parks, White and Kuhn.

White had another excellent offensive day, going 3-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Kuhn and Markel each had two hits and drove in a pair of runs.

WVU faces Georgetown again on Friday at 5:00 p.m. It is Dollar Night at Hawley Field.

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