Duked Again

West Virginia completed a season sweep of Duquesne by battering the Dukes 9-1 in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

The Mountaineers were powered by Joe Agreste, who racked up six RBIs during a 4-5 day at the plate. The junior college transfer crushed two home runs and added a double to five the Mountaineers their 29th win of the season against just 11 losses.

"He had a real big day for us and had some clutch RBIs in almost every at-bat," head Coach Greg Van Zant said following the win. "He was a big reason we scored all those runs."

Agreste got WVU on the board in the second when he doubled in Austin Markel, who led off the inning with a triple. Dan DiBartolomeo later sacrificed Agreste home to make the score 2-0.

One inning later, Agreste smashed his first home run of the game, a three-run shot that scored Vince Belnome and Markel, who had reached on a fielder's choice and a walk.

Duquesne rallied for its only run in the bottom of the third, stringing three singles together with two outs. However, WVU starter Matt Yurish got out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to end the threat.

West Virginia got that run back in the fifth as Jedd Gyorko singled to lead off, moved to second on the ubiquitous sacrifice bunt, then came around to score on Agreste's single. The Mountaineers added three insurance runs in the seventh, as Gyorko walked, moved to third on Belnome's double and scored on Markel's sacrifice fly. Belnome scurried home on a wild pitch, and Agreste closed the scoring with a solo home run, his second of the day.

Matt Yurish allowed eight hits over five innings, but good control (he walked just two) and timely strikeouts (seven) kept him out of serious trouble. Jerryd Summers came on in the sixth after Yurish reached his pitch maximum, and was nearly flawless. He induced a double play and a fly ball to get out of a two-on, none-out pickle, then yielded just a single hit batsman over the final three innings. He struck out two and allowed no hits while facing 12 batters.

WVU took all three games from the Dukes by the combined score 31-2. West Virginia is 67-8 all-time against Duquesne. The Atlantic 10 squad is now 15-21 overall and 10-5 in the league.

Gyorko and Tobias Streich each has two hits for WVU. They, along with Agreste, combined for eight of WVU's nine hits. West Virginia was again flawless in the field, turning another double play and recording an errorless nine innings.

It's back to the league schedule for West Virginia this weekend, as it hosts Connecticut for a three game series. WVU has four three-game league sets remaining (St. John's, Louisville and Cinncinati) on the season. It also has single game out of conference tilts left with Maryland and Youngstown State.

Friday is "Dollar Night" with all tickets and select concessions available for $1 each. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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