Baseball: WVU Splits in Day One


By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
February 27, 2009

game 1 - west virginia 11, tennessee 6
game 2 - west virginia 5, #18 coastal carolina 15
baseball at the beach
bb&t coastal field
myrtle beach, s.c.
Summary
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
West Virginia 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 11 13 0
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 6 11 1

 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
West Virginia 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 5 10 2
Coastal Carolina 0 0 0 6 0 5 1 3 X 15 13 2
Stat Comparison - Game 1
 
At-Bats 36 36
RBI 10 6
Walks 5 5
Strikeouts 7 5
Left On Base 6 12
Stat Comparison - Game 2
 
At-Bats 36 38
RBI 5 13
Walks 3 8
Strikeouts 7 7
Left On Base 10 10
Top WVU Players - Game 1
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Jedd Gyorko
3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Chris Enourato
4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Top WVU Players - Game 2
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Grant Buckner
2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Marcus Broadwater
3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The West Virginia University baseball team split its doubleheader against Tennessee and No. 18 Coastal Carolina on Friday afternoon at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Mountaineers (3-3) defeated Tennessee, 11-6, in their first game before falling to nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina, 15-5, in game two of the Baseball at the Beach Tournament.

A four-run effort in the ninth inning staved off any thoughts of a Tennessee comeback in game one. The Mountaineers gave away a 6-0 lead but finished the afternoon strong at the plate. Tied 6-6 entering the seventh inning, catcher Tobias Streich hit a two-out, solo home run to left field to dampen the momentum of the Vols.

Jedd Gyorko’s RBI single to right field helped the Mountaineer cause in the ninth. With runners on first and third, Vince Belnome followed with a game-breaking two-run triple to left center. Joe Agreste’s sacrifice fly to center field iced the game at 11-6.

Pitcher Chris Enourato (1-0) earned the win in relief, giving up one run on five hits in 4.1 innings pitched. The reliever worked his way out of several difficult situations to preserve a key victory for the Mountaineers.

Gyorko and right fielder Grant Buckner each had solid performances against Tennessee, tallying three hits apiece while Gyorko added an RBI. Justin Parks, Belnome, Streich and Agreste each recorded two RBIs to lead the offensive onslaught.

Starter Jarryd Summers went 4.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. Vols pitcher Aaron Tullo (0-1) took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run to WVU in the seventh.

WVU got off to a good start in the first inning, scoring the game’s first run to make it 1-0. With a runner on first base, Gyorko placed a double into right field to put both runners in scoring position. After a walk by Belnome, Streich plated Austin Markel with an RBI fielder’s choice.

Two more Mountaineer runs were tacked on in the second inning. Buckner started the scoring with a double to right field. Following a walk by Dan DiBartolomeo, a groundout by Justin Ellis to second base advanced both runners into scoring position. Parks brought both runners home with a well-placed two-run triple down the right field line.

With two outs, Agreste hit an RBI double to left center to give WVU a 4-0 advantage in the third. Agreste then scored on an error by third baseman Mike Hornsby, and DiBartolomeo plated Buckner on a run-scoring double that ricocheted off Hornsby’s glove, making it 6-0.

The Vols wasted an opportunity in the fourth inning, as Kentrail Davis started off the inning with a single up the middle followed by a stolen base. After getting moved to third base on a groundout, Tennessee was unable to drive in a run after Josh Liles grounded out to Summers and Jeff Lockwood grounded out to third base.

Tennessee erased its six-run deficit by knotting the score in the fifth inning. Summers gave up a two-out, grand slam on a 3-2 pitch to Volunteer cleanup batter Cody Hawn, making it 6-5. The Vols added another run when Blake Forsythe, already with a solo home run to lead off the inning, hit a run-scoring single through the left side to tie the game at 6-6.

Enourato got out of a base loaded jam with no outs in the sixth. After walking his first batter and giving up consecutive singles, the Bridgeport, W.Va., native struck out Davis and Hawn looking. Enourato finished the inning by getting Liles to ground into a fielder’s choice at second base.

WVU could not bring the same fortune against the Chanticleers (5-1). Leading 1-0 on Ellis’ RBI double, a six-run inning in the fourth by Coastal Carolina doomed the Mountaineers. Pitcher Marcus Broadwater (0-2) took the loss for WVU after giving up six runs in 3.2 innings pitched.

Markel led WVU with two hits, while Ellis recorded two RBIs. The Mountaineers posted 10 hits in their second contest.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday afternoon against Brown at Charles Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field in Conway, S.C. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.




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