Fatal Ninth For WVU

West Virginia looked to be on its way to salvaging the final game of its weekend series with St. John's, but the Red Storm staged a dramatic rally to cap a sweep of the Mountaineers on Sunday.

West Virginia carried a 5-2 lead into the final inning of the game, but the Johnnies bounced back with two clutch home runs to steal the victory. Chris Anninos smacked a three-run blast to tie the game, and Carlos Del Rosario followed with another roundtripper to give St. John's the dramatic win.

WVU reliever Chris Enourato, who has been excellent in his relive stints for the Mountaineers, took the loss, allowing all four runs in the ninth. It was his first setback of the season.

West Virginia again struggled at the plate, collecting just six hits. The Mountaineers maximized their limited offense, scoring five runs, but could not avoid their third consecutive loss in falling 10 11-10 in the league and 32-14 overall. St. John's improved to 16-5.

The home team got off to an early lead in the second inning with a single run, but WVU replied with Austin Markel's RBI single to tie things up at 1-1. The back-and-forth affair continued in the fifth as St. John's manufactured a run to take the lead at 2-1, but then West Virginia got the big inning it had been looking for throughout the series. In the sixth, Kuhn singled, and following a sacrifice bunt by Gyorko, Belnome and Markel walked to load the bases for Joe Agreste. He responded in a big way by smashing a grand slam to put West Virginia on top at 5-2, but that only set up the Red Storm for their dramatic comeback.

Gyorko led WVU with two hits, while Agreste's four RBI took game high honors. Starting pitcher Matt Yurish (4 2/3 innings, six hits, one earned run) and reliever Billy Gross (three innings, no runs allowed) kept St. John's in check for most of the afternoon.

WVU will attempt to bounce back from the sweep when it hosts Louisville in a 3:00 p.m. doubleheaded on Saturday, May 10.


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