Eleven Straight

For the second consecutive day, West Virginia got a grand slam to power a baseball win over an outmanned foe, and this time it also served as the impetus for a doubleheader sweep for the Mountaineers.

Justin Parks' grand slam in the fifth inning spaked the Mountaineers to a 10-5 win over Morehead State in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. WVU then rode the emotion generated by that blast for a 16-6 win in game two of the series. Parks finished with five hits and seven RBIs and scored four runs of his own on the afternoon.

As it has in many games against outclassed foes this year, WVU got on the board early. The Mountaineers scored three runs in the first on the strength of an RBI single by Vince Belnome and a two-run hit by Joe Agreste to stake starter Billy Gross to a 3-0 lead.

After Morehead State got on the board with a single run in the third, WVU responded with solo tallies in the bottom of the third and fourth frames to push its lead to 5-1. Agreste drove in Belnome with a sacrifice fly in the third, and Tyler Kuhn did the same for Dan DiBartolomeo in the fourth.

The Mountaineers broke the game open in the fifth when Parks, following a Jordon Yost RBI single, blasted a grand slam to push WVU's lead to 10-1. Although Morehead State rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh, Chris Enouirato came on to get the final two outs and secure the victory.

WVU starter Billy Gross earned his fourth win of the season against no losses. He gave up just one run on three hits, striking out six and walking three in six innings of work.

The Mountaineers didn't get off to quite as quick of a start in game two, but it still jumped on the board before its foe. Belnome continued his success at the plate with a two-run double in the third to give the Mountaineers a two-run lead.

This time, however, West Virginia wasn't able to pull away early. MSU answered with its own two-RBI double, then took the lead at 3-2 on a pair of wild pitches.

West Virginia's booming bats were quick to respond, putting up six runs in the fourth. Agreste again smoked an RBI double and came around to score on an error. Vince Belnome's triple and Justin Markel's run-scoring double put WVU up 8-3.

One inning later, Tyler Kuhn continued the extra-base hit streak with a two-run double that pushed the lead out to 10-3. Parks wrapped up his monster day with another two RBI single, and Belnome did likewise to extend the lead to 14-3. WVU closed its scoring in the eighth inning with a pair of runs.

For WVU, Ross Fetterly (2-1) earned his second win of the season, giving up two runs on five hits, striking out two and walking three in 3.2 innings of work.

West Virginia will try to keep its winning streak going, albeit against much tougher competition, when it travels to New Jersey to face Rutgers in a three game weekend series. Game one of the set will begin Friday at 3:30 p.m.


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