Comeback City

West Virginia found itself on the short end of a 3-1 score halfway through Friday's game with Georgetown, but rallied to knock off the Hoyas at Hawley Field.

In a battle of single run innings, Gerogetown put up solo runs in the first, thrid and fourth frames to help forge a 3-1 lead after four innings. However, West Virginia bounced back with tallies in the sixth, eighth and ninth to nab the 4-3 win and remain in the race for a Big East tournament berth.

The Hoyas got to WVU starter Matt Yurish early, riding a pair of singles and a stolen base for a run before an out was made. However, Yurish battled back to get a striekout and a double play to end that threat. The Hoyas manufactured another run in the third on a hit batsman, another steal and a hit, which put them up 2-0.

West Virginia answered in the bottom of the third as Chris Enourato led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and then to third, then came home on Tyler Kuhn's single. Gerogetown played longball in the top of the fourth on Matt Iannetta's solo home run, which made the score 3-1.

Yurish again ran into trouble in the sixth, loading the bases with one out, but a strikeout and a comebacker, which he fielded for the third out, kept the Hoyas off the board. WVU then moved within one run in the sixth when Austin Markel led off with a hit, moved to second on an error, then scored on a Jason Pape double. the Mountaineers left two runners on as Enourato and Justin Parks both lined out to end the inning, but it was clear that WVU wasn't done. Yurish faced the minimum of nine batters over the final three innings, giving West Virginia a chance to get back into the game.

In the eighth, Pape came up with the biggest hit of the game, as his triple brought home Trent Ridgley with two out, tying the score at three. The run, which was unearned, came off losing pitcher Jack Bender, who came on in the seventh for starter Michael Gaggioli, who allowed two earned runs and six hits.

All that set the stage for an unusual bottom of the ninth. After Yurish set the Hoyas down in order, Bender hit Parks to lead off the bottom of the ninth. White then reached base on an error by Bender, and Kuhn followed with a bunt single that loaded the bases with no one out. That brought on releiver Mark Dutmers, who promptly uncorked a wild pitch that scored Parks with the game winner.

Georgetown contributed to its own demise with three errors, a hit batsman and two wild pitches. The Hoyas also hit into two double plays.

West Virginia continued to ride its starting pitchers, as Yurish tossed WVU's fifth consecutive complete game. After battling through a couple of jams in the first six inning, Yurish was at his best when it counted the most, allowing just one baserunner over the last three frames, and immediately erasing him on a double play. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits and struck out seven while walking just two.

Kuhn took home hitting honors for the day, going 3-5 with an RBI. Pape was 2-4 with two RBI. WVU left eight runners on through eight innings.

The Mountaineers will scoreboard watch on Friday evening, as Connecticut plays at Notre Dame and Cincinnati hosts Louisville. WVU wraps up the regular season with a 1:00 p.m. Saturday game against the Hoyas.

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