Baseball: Mountaineers Fall to Seahawks

By Grant Dovey for
February 27, 2011 05:15 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team lost to UNC Wilmington, 8-0, on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Hughes Brothers Challenge in Wilmington, N.C.

The Mountaineers (2-4) were defeated by UNC Wilmington (3-4) starter Justin Bradley who won his second game of the season. Bradley tossed seven scoreless innings to get the win, giving up six hits and striking out three. West Virginia had seven base hits, but left nine on-base.

Right-hander Andy Berry gave up four runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Michael Twigg came on in relief, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing five hits and four runs.

Dan DiBartolomeo led the Mountaineers with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with one double, while Justin McDavid finished 2-for-4.

The Seahawks scored the game’s first run in the top of the first when Cameron Cockman and Alex Hill hit back-to-back doubles to begin the half-inning with Cockman scoring on Hill’s double. Andrew Cain followed with a base hit to left center, advancing Hill to third. Hill scored on the next at-bat off a Matt Campbell sacrifice fly to centerfield. Berry was able to induce Hunter Ridge and Ryan LaGrange into groundouts to prevent further damage.

UNC Wilimington scored another two runs in the second inning to make it 4-0. Michael Bass hit a sacrifice bunt to score Thomas Pope, who got on base after a walk. Jake Koenig, who reached on a single, was plated with a Hill single to left.

The Mountaineers had their best opportunity in the top of the seventh after Jeremy Gum was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. After Kevin Griffin flied out, Chris Rasky pinch hit for Mark Dvoroznak and was walked, advancing Gum to second. Brady Wilson popped up to second base for the second out, followed by a single from DiBartolomeo to advance the runners. With the bases loaded, Bradley was able to force Grant Buckner in a groundout to second base to end the WVU threat.

UNC Wilmington scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and one run in the eighth to bring the game to 8-0 and secure the UNC Wilmington victory.

UNC Wilmington was led offensively by Hill who finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Ridge, LaGrange, Koenig and Bass each had two hits apiece.

WVU will continue its North Carolina trip with a non-league game against Wake Forest on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m., in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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