Baseball: WVU Sweeps Doubleheader


By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
March 7, 2009

game 1 - njit 0, west virginia 19
game 2 - njit 3, west virginia 13
hawley field
morgantown, w.va.
Summary
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
NJIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 4 2
West Virginia 4 4 7 2 0 2 X X X 19 16 1

 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
NJIT 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 X X 3 6 2
West Virginia 0 0 0 6 0 5 X X X 13 12 3
Stat Comparison - Game 1
 
At-Bats 25 33
RBI 0 19
Walks 0 6
Strikeouts 10 0
Left On Base 4 6
Stat Comparison - Game 2
 
At-Bats 27 23
RBI 3 10
Walks 2 7
Strikeouts 4 0
Left On Base 5 5
Top WVU Players - Game 1
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Vince Belnome
4-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB
Jarryd Summers
7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
Top WVU Players - Game 2
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Grant Buckner
2-2, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Jonathan Jones
6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team swept its doubleheader against New Jersey Tech, defeating the Highlanders (0-2) 19-0 in game one and 13-3 in game two, on Saturday afternoon at Hawley Field.

Junior Vince Belnome led a WVU squad that posted 28 hits altogether. The Coatesville, Pa., native finished the day 6-for-7 with four doubles and five RBIs, with three of his doubles coming in WVU’s seven-inning victory in game one.

"Vince had a great day and he's a real good hitter," Coach Greg Van Zant said. "He hits the ball the other way and sprays the ball to all parts of the field. He's a good cleanup hitter."

Sophomore Jedd Gyorko was one of many Mountaineers (5-3) who had a solid performance at the plate. The Morgantown native went 5-for-7 with two RBIs, including a double in game two to give him an extra base hit in six of eight games played this season.

Jarryd Summers (2-0) earned the victory in game one, pitching a complete game four-hitter against New Jersey Tech. The Sharpsville, Pa., resident struck out 10 batters in seven innings, including a stretch where he fanned five consecutive Highlanders.

Freshman Jonathan Jones (2-0), coming off a fine start against Northwestern in his last outing, got the win in game two. Jones nearly pitched a complete game, going 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four.

"I'm extremely happy with Jonathan Jones through his first two starts," Van Zant added. "He has shown a lot of composure and poise. He throws his fastball, curveball and changeup for strikes and has done a good job for us so far."

WVU scored 11 runs through the first three innings in the first game. Joe Agreste aided the offensive attack by finishing 2-for-4 with four RBIs in the opening contest. The game’s highlight came from the bat of third baseman Dan DiBartolomeo, who drove a 3-2 pitch from NJIT reliever Reid Okita over the left field wall for a grand slam in the third inning.

DiBartolomeo finished the game 1-for-4 with four RBIs. Catcher Tobias Streich also knocked in four runs with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate.

Right fielder Grant Buckner led the way in the second game. The reigning BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll member finished with two hits and a team-leading four RBIs, which included a two-run double in the fifth inning. Seven WVU hitters finished with two hits apiece, including leadoff batter Justin Parks and centerfielder Austin Markel.

NJIT starter Matt Melody (0-1) took the loss in game one, giving up 11 earned runs on 11 hits in 2.2 innings pitched. Steven Ace (0-1) was defeated in game two, allowing eight hits and seven earned in five innings.

The Mountaineers return to Hawley Field for another doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 11 a.m.




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