Big Rally

West Virginia's baseball team has show the ability to come back from big deficits in 2008, and that was on display again Wednesday as the Mountaineers came back to defeat Ohio 13-12 in extra innings at Hawley field in Morgantown.

Things certainly didn't look good for the Mountaineers early on, as the Bobcats scored a run in the second and six more in the third to take a 7-0 lead. One inning later, the score was 10-1 in favor of the visitors, but West Virginia, which leads the Big East in hitting, got their bats in action and ended up rallying for a stirring victory.

Six Mountaineers had at least two hits in the contest, led by Tyler Kuhn and Vince Belnome, who each had five. That accounted for half of WVU's hits on the day. Four of WVU's hits went for extra bases, including Joe Agreste's third triple of the season, while Kuhn and Jedd Gyorko drove in three runs each.

After falling into the 7-0 hole, WVU rallied in the bottom of the third. Agreste's three-bagger set up a Dan DiBartolomeo sacrifice fly to put WVU on the scoreboard. However, the Bobcats countered with three more runs to increase their lead to 10-1. It was at that point, however that the Mountaineer bats began booming.

In the fourth, a pair of singles, a double, a couple of Ohio miscues and a sacrifice fly plated two West Virginia runs, and in the fifth things really got interesting. Kuhn's bunt hit, Gyorko's single, Belnome's double and a Tyler Yost sacrifice fly accounted for four more runs to cut the lead to 10-7.

Ohio seesawed back with single runs in the seventh and eight innings to make it 12-7, but WVU again responded with another four run inning in the bottom of the eighth to cut the margin to one at 12-11. Kuhn, again in the middle of the rally, had an RBI single, as did Belnome and Jordon Yost.

Trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth, the Mountaineers managed some two-out lighting to tie the score. After the first two hitters recorded outs, Justin Parks singled, moved to second on an error, then came home on Kuhn's clutch single. Although the WVU shortstop was then caught stealing in an attempt to get into scoring position for the winning run, the momentum had clearly shifted to the West Virginia side of the field.

After setting down the Bobcats in order in the tenth, WVU quickly put the pressure on again. Belnome singled and moved to second when Yost was hit by a pitch, and Justin Markel settled matters by doubling to push Belnome across with the winning run.

The win was West Virginia's 25th of the season against just seven losses, while Ohio fell to 15-14.

Chris Enourato pitched two perfect innings of relief to earn the win. He struck out two while holding the Bobcats, who had piled up 17 hits of their own, in check to allow the Mountaineer rally.

West Virginia dives back into Big East action, where it holds a 6-3 record, against Seton Hall on Friday. That will be the first of a three-game series on the road against the Pirates.

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