Kuhn Leads Mountaineers To Sweep

Tyler Kuhn and Jedd Gyorko continued their blistering early season hitting as the Mountaineers blasted Iona 17-1 on Sunday.

Kuhn, a senior, had three hits, including two home runs, while Gyorko added two hits and two runs to power the four game sweep of the Gaels, who have yet to record a victory on the season. Gyrko is hitting .493 on the season, while Kuhn boosted his average to .381.

Junior outfielder Justin Parks finished with three hits, two runs and four RBIs, and junior first baseman Joe Agreste recorded three runs and two hits.

The Mountaineers put this game in the books early, scoring nine runs off Iona starter Tom Sweeney, who yielded seven of the runs while getting just two outs. Kuhn started the scoring with a solo home run, and followed that with a three-run dinger in his next at-bat. In between, Parks contributed a two-run single while Jordon Yost, Vince Belnome and Tobias Streich each drove in a run.

Staked to a nine run lead, freshman Jarryd Summers (1-2) earned his first collegiate victory without much pressure. The newcomer pitched all seven innings, allowing only a meaningless RBI double in the final frame. Although that spoiled his bid for a shutout, he allowed just two hits while striking out 10 Iona batters. He also showed good control, walking just three batters while recording four 1-2-3 innings.

West Virginia added five runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth as the Mountaineers got 14 players into the game. WVU finished with 17 runs on 17 hits against the outclassed Iona pitching staff, which sent six hurlers to the mound in the game, which was shortened to seven innings after the Mountaineers took a 10-run lead. The win, which was WVU's 500th at Hawley Field, boosted West Virginia's season record to 13-4.

West Virginia next hosts Canisius in a doubleheader at Hawley Field, beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. That will be followed by an early season three game series against Pitt Thursday through Saturday, again at home.

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