By John Antonik for MSNsportsNET.com
April 29, 2003
ATHENS, Ohio – Bob White’s walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth lifted Ohio to a come-from-behind, 15-12 victory over West Virginia Tuesday afternoon in Athens.
The Bobcats, trailing 12-10 going into the bottom of the ninth, benefited from WVU shortstop Grant Psomas’ error to get the inning going. Dan Lunsford followed with a walk to knock reliever David Walker out of the game.
Justin Asbury got Phil Sabatini to force out Lunsford at second before hitting Adam Fox. Ben Crabtree, who went 5 for 6 for the game, singled to right to drive in Bryan Buck and cut West Virginia's lead to one.
Ryan Lipscomb came into the game in relief of Asbury and gave up the grand slam to White, who was pinch hitting for Matt Geiger.
Walker pitched 5 innings in relief of WVU starter Tino Medina, who gave up 7 runs, 6 earned, in just 3 innings of work. Walker allowed 11 hits and 5 runs. Asbury was credited with the loss.
Walt Novosel pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to boost his record to 4-4.
West Virginia wasted an impressive offensive performance Tuesday. The Mountaineers pounded out 15 hits led by 3 hits each from Jarod Rine, Eric Grimm and Tim McCabe. Grimm smacked a double and a triple to drive in 4 runs. The Parkersburg native has now driven in a team-best 51 runs this year.
Backup catcher J.C. Sousa went 2 for 4 in place of starter Travis D’Amico and hit his first career home run as a Mountaineer.
Tuesday’s loss was the second time this season West Virginia has scored 10 or more runs in a game and lost. Earlier this year, the Mountaineers plated 10 runs in an 11-10 loss to Le Moyne.
West Virginia’s 15-12 loss to Ohio was the first time since 1992 that the Mountaineers scored at least 12 runs and lost a game. WVU dropped a 13-12 decision to Northwestern in Macon, Ga., that season.
West Virginia (29-13) is in the midst of a difficult three-day stretch that has the Mountaineers playing five games in four days. Yesterday West Virginia defeated St. John’s 9-7 before busing back from New York late last night and departing early Tuesday morning for Athens.
West Virginia coach Greg Van Zant only took 20 players on the road trip.
The Mountaineers return to the diamond tomorrow to take on Duquesne (21-22) at Hawley Field for a 7:05 p.m. non-conference game.
Ohio improves to 24-18 with the victory.