Backing In

Although West Virginia secured a spot in the Big East baseball tournament, it isn't heading into the postseason with much momentum.

The Mountaineers were swept in a doubleheader on Friday by Cincinnati, with the latest loss a 9-1 thumping in the nightcap.

The game was tight through the first six innings before UC broke things open with a barrage of runs. WVU nemesis Camero Satterwhite again put the screws to the Mountaineers. After driving in six runs in the opener, Satterwhite drilled a two-run double to ignite UC's scoring outburst in the bottom of ths sixth.

Up until that point, a pitchers duel prevailed. UC scored an unearned run in the fourth courtesy of a hit batsman, a walk and an Mountaineer error, and WVU tied it in the sixth when Jedd Gyorko led off with a single, moved to second and then to third on sacrifice bunts (the first was misplayed for an error), and came home on a Joe Agreste groundout to first. That was all of WVU's offense in the game, however, as the Mountaineers were limited to just four hits.

UC, meanwhile, heated up late. A four-run sixth, followed by two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings, blew the game out for the home team. WVU starter Billy Gross when four innings and yielded just the one earned run, but relievers Jarryd Summers and Ross Fetterly didn't fare as well. Summers was tagged with the loss after giving up six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, and Fetterly was reached for two more in 1 1/3. Overall, WVU gave up 13 hits and six walks, and hit three batters. Coupled with two errors, that performance gave it little chance to stay competitive.

UC starter Brian Garman also yielded just one unearned run, but his relief support was far better. Michael Hill was perfect in 3 1/3 innings, striking out four hitters and walking none.

Gyorko had three of WVU's four hits on the evening, with Tyler Kuhn adding the other safety.

West Virginia will try to gather a bit of momentum for next week's tournament in a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday that closes out the regular season.

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