Season's End

West Virginia's baseball season came to an end with a 12-5 loss to South Florida in the Big East tournament.

WVU's pitching was again subpar, allowing 11 hits and eight walks while also uncorking two wild pitches. Normally dependable Josh Whitlock, gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, while releivers Jarryd Summers and Chris Enourato were dented for a combined five runs in three total innings of work.

WVU twice rallied from early deficits to cut the lead to one and two runs, respectively, but was unable to hold the Bulls in check on offense.

The Mountaineers' self-inflicted damage began early, when two leadoff walks in the first inning set up a three-run homer by Joey Angelbeger. The Bulls added an unearned run in the third, courtesy of a passed ball and a wild pitch, to push their lead to 4-0 before WVU got to work at the plate.

In the fourth, Justin Parks reached on an error and scored on Tyler Kuhn's triple. Kuhn came across on Jedd Gyorko's RBI single, and Gyorko moved to second on a no-out sacrifice bunt by Vince Belnome. Gyorko scored on Austin Markel's double (which he could have done from first base as well), but Markel was stranded when Tobias Streich popped out. Although the Mountaineers scored three in the inning to cut the deficit to 4-3, they would likely have rather had anotehr chance to swing away at the plate in pursuit of a big inning.

The need for more runs was magnified one inning later when USF pushed across two scores to make the lead 6-3. Again, WVU's pitchers were their own worst enemies, contributing a hit batsman and a wild pitch to the Bulls' cause.

The Mountaineers had one more push left, scoring two runs in the sixth to cut the deficit to 7-5. Gyorko came home on Markel's second run-scoring double of the game, and Agreste scored on a groundout to give the Mountaineers their final run of the game.

From that point on, however, it was all USF, as the Bulls piled up five more runs in the final three innings to secure the win.

Senior Tyler Kuhn's two hits advanced his single season hit record to 101. He earlier passed Justin Jenkins' 2006 record of 96. Gyorko and Markel also had two hits each for the Mountaineers. Markel took top RBI honors with two, both coming on doubles.

Five of West Virginia's nine hits went for extra bases.

WVU finished the season with a 35-21 record.

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