Out Of Conference Balm

West Virginia only got 5 1/2 innings of action on Tuesday, but it was enough to record an 8-1 win over Morehead State and snap a five-game losing streak.

WVU, now 29-12 overall on the season, received a stellar pitching performance from Jonathan Jones, who allowed just four hits and one run in six innings of action. Jones struck out three and walked three, and blanked the Eagles through the first five innings before giving up the shutout with a single run in the sixth.

While Jones was holding Morehead State in check, the Mountaineers tallied three runs in the third and fourth innings and added two more in the fifth to provide plenty of support. WVU did most of its damage with big hits, ripping seven for extra bases out of its ten overall.

Second baseman Colin Durborow got the offense rolling with a double in the third, and Austin Markel followed with a two-run homer to open the scoring. Vince Belnome then smoked another circuit shot to give WVU a three run lead.

One inning later Joe Agreste doubled home Grant Buckner, then came home on Durburow's two-bagger. Markel closed the scoring in the frame with yet another extra base hit, this one a triple that plated Durburow.

Catcher Tobias Streich added an RBI single in the seventh, and Durburow, the hitting star of the game, brought home the final WVU run with a sacrifice fly. One the evening, he had two doubles in two official plate appearances, drove in two runs and scored two more. Markel was 2-2 with three RBI, while Belnome and Buckner also had two hits apiece.

WVU remains in fourth place in the Big East with an 11-7 league record. the Mountaineers trail Louisville and St. John's by one game.

West Virginia continues its lengthy homestand with another non-conference game on Wednesday against Maryland at 5:00 p.m. Following that contest, the Mountaineers have three-game series with league foes Rutgers, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, plus a non-conference contest against Youngstown State. All of those games, with the exception of the season-ending series against the Panthers, are at home.

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