Mountaineers Knock Off LeMoyne in Dramatic Fashion

After trailing virtually all afternoon, the Mountaineer baseball team battled back to score a 5-4 win over the LeMoyne Dolphins Sunday at Hawley Field in Morgantown. A ninth inning homerun from senior Eric Grimm gave the Mountaineers the win, their third in the four game series with LeMoyne.

The Dolphins jumped on the Mountaineers early as Nutter Fort native Tino Medina walked three batters in the first inning. The walks, combined with a hit and a Mountaineer error, led to two LeMoyne runs as the Mountaineers quickly fell behind.

The lead didn't last long as Lee Fritz drove in Jake Serfass and Derek Cisar to give the Mountaineers two runs of their own and tie the game at 2-2.

LeMoyne started the second inning where they left off with the first two hitters singling before Medina settled down and pitched out of the inning. The game stayed knotted until the top of the sixth when LeMoyne first baseman Keith Conners earned a two out walk and catcher Tony Woods doubled him home to give the Dolphins a 3-2 lead. A walk, a single, and two Mountaineer errors gave the Dolphins another run in the seventh, increasing LeMoyne's lead to 4-2.

The Blue and Gold got one back in the bottom half of the seventh when Serfass ripped a one out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch from LeMoyne starter Matt Scherer and was driven home by Mountaineer third baseman Tim McCabe. The 4-3 Dolphin lead held going into the bottom of the ninth when the Mountaineers rallied.

WVU got the rally started with a one out single from Serfass, setting the table for Parkersburg native Eric Grimm. The second baseman stepped up and belted one over the Health Works sign on the outfield wall to give the Mountaineers a dramatic 5-4 win.

Starting pitcher Tino Medina (1-1) lasted all nine innings giving up four runs, seven hits, and six walks, but kept the Dolphins close and gained the win thanks to Grimm's heroics.

LeMoyne starter Matt Scherer also went the distance and was charged with the loss. The win improves the Mountaineers' record to 8-6, while LeMoyne drops to 2-9 on the season after losing three out of four to the Blue and Gold.

The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday to begin a two game series with St. Bonaventure at Hawley field. Tuesday's first tilt will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the series concluding on Wednesday with a 3:00 p.m. start.

Player of the Game: Junior left fielder Jake Serfass went 4-5 and scored three runs. The Fairless Hills, PA product set the table for Eric Grimm's game winning homerun.

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