Baseball: Mountaineers Complete Four-Game Sweep

By Allison Hoehn for MSNsportsNET.com
March 16, 2008


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Senior Tyler Kuhn finished with three hits, matched his career-high with two home runs and drove in five runs to lead West Virginia to a 17-1 victory over Iona in a game four of the series, today, at Hawley Field.

Today’s win marked the 500th win at Hawley Field. The Mountaineers (13-4) scored 17 runs on a season-high 17 hits, while Iona (0-12) scored one run on two hits and committed three errors. WVU collected a season-high 30 bases and tied a season-high with two triples.

Junior outfielder Justin Parks finished with three hits, two runs and four RBIs, and junior first baseman Joe Agreste recorded three runs, two hits and had an RBI.

Freshman Jarryd Summers (1-2) earned his first collegiate victory today, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out 10 and walking three batters. Tom Sweeney (0-2) was credited with the loss for Iona, pitching 0.2 of an inning, giving up seven runs on two hits and walking three batters.

In the nine-run first inning, Kuhn blasted his first home run of the inning over the left field fence, and followed that with a three-run homer in his next at bat. Parks hit a two-run single to center field, while Jordon Yost, Vince Belnome and Tobias Streich each drove in a run.

Agreste singled up the middle in the second inning, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman left fielder Dan DiBartolomeo singled through the left side to plate Agreste and extend the Mountaineers lead to 10-0.

Agreste hit an RBI triple to right center field to plate Streich to start the WVU fourth inning. DiBartolomeo reached on a throwing error by the shortstop to plate Agreste, and Yost hit a double to left center to plate DiBartolomeo. Parks then tripled to plate Yost, and Kuhn hit an RBI single to drive in Parks to extend the Mountaineers’ lead to 15-0.

Streich had a bases loaded walk in the sixth inning to plate Gyorko, who reached on an infield single to the shortstop, and Andrew Scherer was hit by a pitch to bring in Belnome, who also was hit by a pitch, scoring two runs to give WVU a 17-0 advantage.

The Gaels put their lone run on the board in the seventh inning, when Zambrella reached on a fielder’s choice and was plated on Mollema’s RBI double.

The game ended in the seventh inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

The Mountaineers continue their home stretch on Tuesday when they host Canisius in a doubleheader at Hawley Field, beginning at 1 p.m.