By Adam Zundell for MSNsportsNET.com
May 14, 2003
CANTON, Ohio – West Virginia got 12 hits but came away with just 3 runs as Kent State ran away with an 11-3 victory at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium Tuesday night.
After trailing 2-0, West Virginia got things started with 3 runs in the fifth inning to take the lead. Tim McCabe's two-out single through the left side scored Eric Grimm who had doubled. Jake Serfass then blasted his 10th home run of the season with a shot over the centerfield wall.
The home run was WVU's 70th on the season, setting a new team mark.
The Golden Flashes bounced back and put the game away in the bottom half of the inning when two McCabe errors led to five unearned runs. Adam Crowder and Chuck Moore had RBI singles while Todd Balduf plated to with his hit to center field.
WVU committed a season-high four errors in the game.
David Walker (0-1) took the loss on the hill for WVU. Walker lasted 4 plus innings giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out six and walking two. Justin Asbury, Ryan Lipscomb, Todd Dunham and Chris Amedro all saw action in the game.
Kent State added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth off of Amedro to secure the easy victory.
Chad Wagler (2-0) was victorious for the Golden Flashes pitching five innings surrendering nine hits and three runs. Reliever Andy Sonnanstine came on to pitch three scoreless innings and Phil Bojc pitched a scoreless ninth for KSU.
Despite just three runs, WVU managed Eric Grimm had three hits to pace the offense.
The Mountaineers (34-15) can win the BIG EAST regular season title if they are able to sweep Boston College in a three-game series this weekend at Chestnut Hill, Mass. Rutgers also has a shot at the regular season title if West Virginia should falter. The Scarlet Knights play Villanova this weekend.