By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
March 23, 2010
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Junior Dom Hayes hit two critical doubles as he enjoyed a career performance in the West Virginia University baseball team’s 10-7 comeback victory over Bowling Green on Tuesday afternoon at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.
The Freehold, N.J., native knotted the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning when he laced a two-run double to right center to score Jedd Gyorko and Chris Rasky. In the seventh, Hayes hit another double, this time down the right field line to bring in two more insurance runs and expand WVU’s lead to 8-4.
The Mountaineers (11-10) went above the .500 mark for the first time this year because of their timely hitting. Hayes led the team with a 3-for-5 performance and a career-high four RBIs, while redshirt junior Colin Durborow continued his hot streak at the plate by going 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Durborow provided arguably the game’s biggest hit in WVU’s five-run sixth inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, the Gibsonia, Pa., native hit a tiebreaking two-run single to left center to put the Mountaineers ahead, 6-4.
“Today’s victory was a total team effort,” coach Greg Van Zant said. “Jonathan Jones made a real encouraging start today and it was great to see Jared Hill get his first career win. Both Dom Hayes and Colin Durborow came through with huge at-bats for us, and we’re happy to be sitting above .500 for the first time this season.”
WVU put several runners in scoring position all afternoon, garnering 11 hits and nine walks. Junior Kevin Griffin put WVU on the scoreboard with a two-out RBI single through the left side to plate Justin McDavid, trimming WVU’s deficit to 3-1. McDavid added to the Mountaineer lead in the eighth inning when he recorded an RBI groundout to first base, scoring Matt Malloy from third base. The play was set up by Durborow’s double down the left field line that put Malloy in position to score.
The final run for WVU was earned in the same inning when Mark Dvoroznak reached base on a fielding error by Bowling Green third baseman Derek Spencer, scoring Durborow to make it 10-5 heading into the ninth inning.
Sophomore left-hander Jones had a solid start despite not earning a decision. He gave up four earned runs on six hits while striking out seven in 5.2 innings pitch. The Fredericksburg, Va., native threw 111 pitches and went far enough into the game to prevent any type of long relief for the WVU bullpen.
Getting his first career win was freshman right-hander Hill (1-1), who allowed three runs on two hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Hill was responsible for one of WVU’s biggest defensive plays when he induced David Borcherdt into a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play in the eighth.
Getting the save was senior Andy Altemus, who made his 11th appearance of the season with no outs in the ninth inning. The Morgantown native held the Falcons (6-8-1) hitless in the bottom frame and forced Ryan Schlater into a key double play to end any threat of a comeback.
Bowling Green right-hander Steve Barrett (0-1) took the loss after being held responsible for Dom Hayes’ go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Barrett gave up four runs on three hits in 1.2 innings pitched, while successive reliever Nick Bruns surrendered five runs on four hits in 2.2 innings.
The Mountaineers begin their BIG EAST season with a three-game road trip to South Orange, N.J., against Seton Hall. First pitch is set for Friday, March 26, at 6 p.m., followed by 1 p.m. and noon contests on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.