Broken Open

West Virginia wasted a strong outing from starter Jarryd Summers in dropping an opening round Big East tournament game to UConn by the score of 6-1 on Tuesday.

Summers pitched seven shutout innings for the Mountaineers, allowing just four hits and striking out seven. Almost two out of every three pitches he threw were for strikes as he kept Husky batters off balance throughout his stint on the mound. He walked just two hitters and preserved a 1-0 lead before giving way to Chris Enourato, who did not fare as well.

Against Enourato, UConn teed off for six hits and five earned runs in the top of the eighth inning to claim the win. The normally steady Enourato retired just one of the seven batters he faced before giving way to reliever Andy Altemus, who finally managed to stem the tide. However, trailing 6-1, the Mountaineers were unable to mount a rally in their final two at-bats.

West Virginia scored its only run of the game in the third inning, when Justin Parks, who doubled, came home on Jedd Gyorko's RBI single. That was the only dent WVU could make against UConn pitcher Elliot Glynn, who stifled West Virginia's normally booming bats. WVU managed just seven hits, with Parks, Gyorko and Dan DiBartolomeo each accounting for two. Parks' double was the Mountaineers' only extra-base hit of the contest.

West Virginia now faces elimination from the tournament, as another loss will knock it out of the post-season competition. WVU will play the loser of the Pitt-USF game on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

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