Belnome, Parks Lead WVU Past Pitt

Vince Belnome had with three hits, including a home run, scored two runs and had an RBI, and Justin Parks collected three hits, three RBIs and scored a run to lead West Virginia over Pitt 12-6 at Hawley Field in game two of the conference-opening series.

Belnome's home run, his second of the season, set a new career high for the third baseman, while freshman Jedd Gyorko extended his hitting streak to 19 games, collecting two hits, including a home run, scoring two runs and driving in two runs. Chris Enourato finished with a hit and had three RBIs.

Junior Josh Whitlock (5-0) earned his fifth win of the season, striking out three batters, giving up two runs on six hits and walking four. Pitt's senior left-hander Rob Brant (0-2) dropped his second decision of the season, allowing eight runs on eight hits, striking out six and walking one. The Mountaineers (15-4, 2-0 BIG EAST) finished with 12 runs on 14 hits and committed one error, while Pitt (6-10, 0-2 BIG EAST) finished with six runs on 11 hits and committed two errors.

WVU got on the board in the first inning when senior Tyler Kuhn scored off of an error by the Pittsburgh second baseman. Kuhn reached first on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on a wild pitch and reached third on Gyorko's single to left field. Kuhn then scored off of a pop fly by freshman Tobias Streich that was hit to right center and dropped.

It took a substantial lead in the fourth inning, scoring six runs on five hits. Enourato's sacrifice fly plated Streich, before Park's two-RBI double to left field drove in Dan DiBartolomeo and Yost. Kuhn's RBI single to right center plated Parks, before Gyorko hit his second home run of the season, over left field to score Kuhn, and put the Mountaineers ahead 7-0. Park's RBI single down the right field line plated DiBartolomeo in the fifth inning to push WVU ahead 8-0. DiBartolomeo was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on Enourato's double down the left line.

The Mountaineers added two runs in the sixth inning when Gyorko was walked before he advanced to third on Belnome's double to left field. An error by the Panther shortstop brought in Gyorko and advanced Belnome to third. Enourato came up to the plate with the bases loaded and was walked to bring in Belnome and widen the lead to 10-1. Pitt's Joe Leonard later homered to right center to put the Panthers on the board in the sixth inning. John Shultz doubled to left field, tagged up and advanced to third and crossed home plate by Danny Lopez's sacrifice fly out to right field.

WVU answered in the seventh and eighth innings when Belnome hit a homer to left center in the seventh. In the eighth inning, Yost doubled to right center field and advanced to third on DiBartolomeo's single. Enourato then grounded out to third base to plate Yost and put the Mountaineers up 12-2. The Panthers cut the margin in half scoring four runs in the ninth inning. Herr scored off of Sean Conley's RBI single to center field, before Leonard crossed the plate off of Lopez's grounder. Morgan Kietly then hit a two-RBI home run, plating Shultz to create the final margin, 12-6.

The teams will continue the three-game series on Saturday. First pitch is at 1 p.m.

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