By Brady Smith for MSNsportsNET.com
April 8, 2003
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia capitalized on two ninth-inning Towson errors and a game-winning RBI single by Kurtis Clinton in a 6-5 victory, Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.
For the third time this year, West Virginia staged a dramatic ninth-inning rally and won on the game’s final at bat.
Down 5-3, Travis D'Amico led off with a walk and was followed by Jarod Rine, who reached on an error by Towson second baseman Shane Justis. Two outs later, WVU's Tim McCabe lined a grounder that skipped through the legs of first baseman Mike Costello into right field, scoring D'Amico and Rine to tie the game at 5-5 while advancing McCabe to second base.
Clinton then stepped up and roped a single up the middle that scored McCabe to complete the comeback victory for West Virginia.
Towson had tallied three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth off WVU starter John Riffle, who tossed three and one-third innings and allowed five runs, four earned, off eight hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Mountaineer reliever Justin Asbury (1-0) held the Tiger offense in check after that, allowing no runs in 5.2 innings of work, striking out six and walking two to pick up his first career win.
Towson's Steve Swiech (0-2) picked up the loss after allowing three unearned runs on three hits in two and one-third innings of relief.
McCabe and Rine each had two hits and knocked in one run apiece while Lee Fritz had an RBI sacrifice fly but went 0-4 to snap his nine-game hit streak.
Brian McKenna paced Towson offensively with three hits while Tom Trela added two doubles for the Tigers.
The Mountaineers improve to 19-10 on the season while Towson falls to 13-13.
The two teams return to action Wednesday, April 9, for a 3 p.m., contest, at Hawley Field. Fans can follow U-92's live webcast by clicking on the baseball live event link on the main page.