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West Virginia was hoping for a fresh start against Cincinnati in the opening round of the Big East Championships, but the Bearcats extended their 2008 mastery over WVU with an 11-5 win on Tuesday.

UC, the number two seed, again roughed up WVU starter Matt Yurish, scoring seven runs in the first two innings to take a commanding lead early in the contest. Yurish was able to record just three outs while giving up the seven scores, six of them earned. Yurish contributed mightily to his own demise, walking four batters and committing an error that loaded the bases for UC in the second.

Reliever Billy Gross fared little better. Upon relieving Yurish in the second, he gave up a three-run triple that put WVU in the 7-0 hole. He gave up two more runs in the fourth and seventh innings, which allowed UC to maintain a comfortable margin.

WVU tried to rally, scoring one run in the third and three in the fourth to cut the lead to 7-4. Justin Parks' solo homer put the Mountaineers on the board in the third, and one inning later the heart of the lineup produced three more. Jedd Gyorko singled, Vince Belnome walked, and following the obligatory sacrifice bunt from Tobias Streich, Joe Agreste singled home both baserunners. Austin Markel followed with an RBI double, but two strikeouts ended the rally.

UC wasted no time responding with a pair of runs to putsh the lead out to 9-4, and followed the same pattern after WVU produced a run in the seventh when Austin Markel reached on an error, moved to third on Dan DiBartolomeo's double, and scored on Parks' sacrifice fly. The Bearcats again put up two runs against Gross to make the final score 11-5.

Belnome and Agreste each had two hits for WVU, while Parks and Agreste each had two RBI. While WVU had nine hits, it also had seven strikeouts in the contest.

West Virginia plays third-seeded Notre Dame today 1 p.m. The Irish dropped their opener to South Florida in the final game of Tuesday's session.

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