By John Antonik for MSNsportsNET.com
April 6, 2003
PITTSBURGH – Tim McCabe smacked his 33rd career home run in the first of two to lead West Virginia to a doubleheader split with Pitt Sunday afternoon at Trees Field.
West Virginia won the first game, 10-8 before dropping the nightcap, 4-0.
McCabe’s ninth home run of the season makes him West Virginia’s all-time home run king, passing Mark Landers’ total of 32 established from 1991-94.
Kurtis Clinton hit his seventh home run of the season and Travis D’Amico collected 3 hits to help the Mountaineers pick up their third conference win of the season.
Pitcher Jason DiAngelo pitched 6.1 innings, allowing 8 earned runs before giving way to relievers Chris Amedro and Ryan Lipscomb. Lipscomb recorded a strike out in the bottom of the ninth to get his first career save as a Mountaineer.
Despite giving up 8 runs on 12 hits, DiAngelo struck out 10 to improve to 4-2 on the season.
In game two, Panther hurler Jeff Barnyak stymied WVU batters for 8.1 innings, striking out 6 and allowing no runs on 7 hits. Brian Jacobsen got the remaining two outs for the combined shut out.
Pitt plated two runs on the second and single runs in the fourth and eighth innings. Pitt shortstop Bryan Spamer had the big hit with a two-run double in the second off WVU starter and loser Zac Cline.
Cline allowed 4 runs, 2 earned, on 10 hits to drop to 4-3 on the season.
Lee Fritz and Kurtis Clinton had 2 hits each in the second game. D’Amico led WVU with 4 hits for the doubleheader; Clinton and Lee Fritz collected 3 hits each for the Mountaineers.
The split gives West Virginia an 18-10 overall record and a 3-2 mark in Big East play. Pitt is now 21-10, 4-6.
West Virginia returns to the diamond Tuesday to begin a two-game mid-week series against Towson. Tuesday’s game will get underway at 7:05 p.m.