Hit Parade Continues

West Virginia continued its early season romps over outmanned foes with a 26-3 pasting of Coppin State on Monday at Hawley Field in Morgantown

West Virginia (14-4, 3-0) blasted four home runs, including a grand slam and a solo shot from white-hot Jedd Gyorko, and piled up 27 hits in the non-contest against the visitng Eagles (2-22). Joining the home run parade were Austin Markel and Joe Agreste, who also had three doubles. Gyorko and Vince Belnome each notched five RBIs.

With monstrous support, pitcher Jarryd Summers (2-2) cruised to his second win of the season. Summers allowed three earned runs on four hits. He showed good control in striking out six while walking just two in six innings. Reliever Jesse Darby struck out the side for WVU in the seventh inning to complete the mercy-rule shortened contest.

West Virginia scored in every inning but the sixth, and got off to an explosive start with six runs in the first inning. The Mountaineers sent 13 batters to the plate, with the biggest hit being Agreste's three-run homer. Gyorko got the ball rolling in the second with a solo shot, and when that was followed by the first of Agreste's RBI doubles, WVU led 8-0.

Coppin State scored its only runs of the game in the third, pushing three runs across to cut the deficit to 8-3, but that minor uprising only seemed to inflame West Virginia's bats even more in the bottom of the inning. By the time the carnage was complete, WVU had added 13 runs to its total. Gyorko's grand slam, Markel's two-run bomb and Vince Belnome's bases loaded double accounted for nine of the tallies in an inning where WVU sent sixteen batters to the plate and pounded out 11 hits.

WVU added three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to account for the final 26-3 margin.

The victim of much of the offensive assault was Coppin State's Nic Ericson, who yielded 19 runs and 16 hits. He didn't get any help from his defense, however, as three errors behind him accounted for seven unearned runs.

Every starter in the field for West Virginia had at least two hits. In addition to the slugging of Gyorko, Belnome and Agreste, Justin Parks had four hits, while Markell and Dan Dibartolomeo added three. Markell also added four RBIs.

West Virginia, which has now won nine games in a row, hosts Morehead State on a Tuesday doubleheader at Hawley Field. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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