Baseball: WVU Falls at UNC Wilmington


By Brady Smith for MSNsportsNET.com
February 21, 2003

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The West Virginia University baseball team (0-2) lost a close 6-4 contest to UNC-Wilmington (6-4) Friday evening at Brooks Field.

WVU starter Jason DiAngelo (0-2) worked three solid innings before the Seahawks exploded for four runs in the fourth, headlined by Chip Grawey's three-run double.

Grant Psomas put the Mountaineers on the board with a mammoth two-run home run to left center field in the sixth inning.

UNC-Wilmington countered in the bottom half of the sixth with one run after Jon Davis's sacrifice fly scored Lee McClean, who doubled.

WVU pulled within one run of the Seahawks in the top of the seventh after a single by Jarod Rine drove in Brandon Halstead, who reached on an error. Rine scored two batters later on a double to right center by Psomas.

McClean gave UNC-Wilmington an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning with a solo homer off WVU reliever Marty Fagler.

Ronald Hill (3-0) picked up the victory for the Seahawks after tossing six and one-third innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out five and walking two. Blake Cross recorded a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth for his second save of the season.

McClean went 2-2 with three runs scored and two walks and Jaimie Hemingway added two hits and one run for UNC-Wilmington.

DiAngelo tossed five innings and allowed four runs on five hits while walking six and striking out three.

Psomas and Travis D'Amico each had two hits for West Virginia.

The Mountaineers return to action tomorrow, Feb. 22, to face Fordham at 1:30 p.m., at Brooks Field.




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