Good Start

West Virginia's baseball team got off to a good start in its weekend series against Rutgers, scoring in six different innings en route to a 13-1 decision over the Scarlet Knights.

Starting pitcher Jarryd Summers had all the support he needed after yielding a single run in the top of the first inning, and the Mountaineer ace was masterful in gaining his seventh win of the season. Summers struck out ten Sacrlet Knights while walking just one, and allowed only five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He threw 83 strikes in his 125 pitches.

After falling behind to Rutgers' leadoff homer in the first, West Virginia fashioned an answer one inning later when Dan DiBartolomeo smacked one of his own in the second to tie the game at one-all. West Virginia then took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third, courtesy of Austin Markel and Jedd Gyorko, who each had run-scoring singles.

The Mountaineers continued to add to their lead with two runs in the fourth, two more in the fifth and one in the sixth. Grant Buckner had an RBI triple and Gyorko a solo home run, his sixth of the year, to account for two of the scores.

WVU put the game away in the eight with a five-run uprising, highlighted by Buckner's RBI double.

West Virginia's offensive attack was consistent up and down the lineup. Seven starters had at least one hit, led by Buckner's 4-5, two RBI performance. Gyorko (3-4) and DiBartolomeo each drove in three runs, while Justin Parks, Markel and Tobias Streich each added two hits. The Mountaineers totaled 15 hits in all in recording their 12th Big East win of the season against seven losses. Rutgers fell to 4-15 in the league and 17-27 overall.

WVU remains in fourth place in the league, trailing second-place St. John's by 1 1/2 games and third place Louisville by one.

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