Baseball: WVU Takes Two Over Morehead State

By Allison Hoehn for MSNsportsNET.com
March 25, 2008


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Justin Parks hit a grand slam and recorded seven RBIs to lead West Virginia to a doubleheader sweep over Morehead State, 10-5, in a seven-inning game and 16-6 in a nine-inning contest, today, at Hawley Field.

The Mountaineers finished with 26 runs on 29 hits to stretch its win-streak to 11.

In game one, Parks led the Mountaineer offensive attack with two hits and four RBIs, while Joe Agreste had two hits and three RBIs.

Sophomore Billy Gross (4-0) earned his fourth win of the season, giving up one run on three hits, striking out six and walking three in six innings of work. Morehead State’s Michael Bottoms (2-1) was credited with the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking two in four innings.

The Mountaineers finished with 10 runs on 11 hits and committed one error, while Morehead State finished with five runs on seven hits and committed two errors.

WVU third baseman Vince Belnome’s RBI single to left field plated Tyler Kuhn early in the first inning, before Agreste’s two-RBI single drove in Belnome, and freshman Jedd Gyorko, giving the Mountaineers a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles got on the board in the third inning when Michael Fahns grounded out to short to drive in Marc Midden and give Morehead State its first run of the game.

The Mountaineers answered with one run in the third and fourth innings to extend their lead to 5-1. In the third, Belnome singled up the middle, reached second on Markel’s sacrifice bunt, advanced to third off of Tobias Streich’s single and scored when Agreste flew out to right field.

In the fourth, DiBartolomeo doubled to left field, advanced to third on Park’s single up the left side and scored on Kuhn’s sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, Jordon Yost’s RBI single to center field plated Markel, before Justin Parks hit a grand-slam over the left field wall to highlight the inning, extending the WVU lead to 10-1.

The Eagles rallied in the seventh inning, scoring four runs to cut the Mountaineer lead to 10-5. Drew Lee was walked with the bases loaded, before Daniel Pugh hit an RBI single up the middle to plate Trent Hanna. Eric Allen then hit a two RBI single to right center to plate Redmon and Marc Midden.

In game two, Belnome led the Mountaineers offense, scoring one run on three hits and finished with a career-tying five RBIs, while Parks recorded three hits, scored three runs and finished with three RBIs.

Junior Ross Fetterly (2-1) earned his second win of the season, giving up two runs on five hits, striking out two and walking three in 3.2 innings of work. Tyler Bess (1-4) dropped his fourth decision of the season, allowing eight runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking one in 3.2 innings.

The Mountaineers (19-4) finished with 16 runs on 18 hits, while Morehead State (6-14) finished with six runs on 11 hits and committed two errors.

Belnome hit an RBI double up the middle to drive in Parks and Kuhn after a scoreless two innings to put WVU on the board first in the bottom of the third.

The Eagles matched WVU when Michael Bottoms hits a two-RBI double down the left field line to plate Lee and Redmon. Bottoms then advanced to third and reached home plate on consecutive wild pitches by Fetterly, putting Morehead State ahead, 3-2.

The Mountaineers answered in the fourth when Streich doubled, before Agreste hit an RBI double to plate Streich and knot the score at 3-3. WVU then blew the game open when Agreste scored off of an error by the Eagle third baseman. Parks then grounded out to the shortstop to plate DiBartolomeo. Belnome hit an RBI triple to plate Gyroko, and Markel then hit an RBI double to plate Belnome.

Kuhn continued the momentum in the fifth inning, when he hit an RBI double down the left field line to plate both Parks and Belnome, to put WVU up 10-3 heading into the sixth inning.

Parks hit an RBI single to center field in the seventh inning to plate both Agreste and Yost. Belnome then hit an RBI single to left field, driving in Parks and DiBartolomeo.

Bottoms answered in the eighth inning with the Eagles’ first home run of the day, driving in Lee, to put the score at 14-5.

WVU answered with two runs in the eighth when Kuhn hit a sacrifice fly to plate Yost, and Gyorko hit an RBI single to the shortstop to plate Buckner.

Morehead State tagged on one run in the ninth when Allen hit an RBI single past the WVU first base to score Bottoms and create the final margin, 16-6.

The Mountaineers will travel to Piscataway, N.J., to face Rutgers in a BIG EAST weekend match-up. Game one of the three-game series will begin at 3:30 p.m.