Baseball: WVU Falls to Redhawks

By Grant Dovey for
February 25, 2011 05:02 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - An early four-run deficit in the first inning proved to be too difficult to escape as the West Virginia University baseball team lost to Miami (Ohio), 12-5, on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Hughes Brothers Challenge in Wilmington, N.C.

Miami pitcher Mac Thoreson did an admirable job of keeping the Mountaineer hitters off-balance, pitching seven innings, giving up five hits and three runs, while striking out five. Joe Neff pitched two innings of relief, giving up two hits and two runs, both unearned.

Jeremy Gum finished 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs and a walk for West Virginia. Grant Buckner, T.J. Kuban, Kevin Griffin, Mark Dvoroznak and Chris Rasky all added hits.

Gum was responsible for West Virginia’s first two runs, opening the Mountaineer scoring with a solo home run to left field in the second and a double in fourth scoring Kuban.

Dvoroznak also hit his first home run of the season to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning, cutting the Miami lead to 9-2.

The Mountaineers attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little too late. After pop-ups by Ryan McBroom and Kuban to provide the first two outs, Gum reached on a walk. Griffin singled to center and advanced to second on a fielding error by the centerfielder, scoring Gum. Rasky followed with a single to third base, plating Griffin. However, Brady Wilson struck out swinging to end the game.

West Virginia finished with five runs on seven hits, while committing three errors. Miami had 12 runs on 15 hits, with one error.

The Redhawks built a lead with four runs in the top of the first inning off WVU pitcher Jonathan Jones. Jon Edgington hit a two-run homer to left, scoring Ryan Brenner. After Adam Weisenburger reached on a fielder’s choice, Bryan Beaver tripled to left center scoring Weisenburger. Brad Gschwind then reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Beaver from third before Jones was able to get Cory Klenke to pop-out to end the inning.

Miami led off the second with a single from Ryan Curl, who was knocked in by Edginton’s second home run of the afternoon to pad the lead to 6-0. Jones was able to pick off Bryce Redeker, followed by a Weisenburger pop-up to prevent further damage.

Curl added a two-run triple in the third, scoring Gschwind and Ryan Kaup, while a Beaver single scored Redeker in the sixth to push the lead to 9-0.

The Redhawks scored their final three insurance runs in the top of the eighth highlighted by a Beaver single that scored Redeker.

Jones finished his afternoon with 2.2. innings pitched, surrendering nine hits and eight earned runs, while striking out one. Josh Harlow pitched 4.1 innings of relief, giving up five hits and three earned runs, striking out four. Matt Morrone pitched two innings of effective relief, only allowed one hit and striking out one.

The Mountaineers return to the diamond on Saturday against Marist at noon at Brooks Field in the Hughes Brothers Challenge.

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