Baseball: WVU Downs Hoosiers

By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
February 20, 2009

West Virginia 14, Indiana 4
McKechnie Field
Bradenton, fla.
West Virginia 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 3 3 14 18 2
Indiana 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 9 2
Stat Comparison
At-Bats 41 34
RBI 14 4
Walks 9 4
Strikeouts 9 16
Left On Base 11 11
Top WVU Players
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Grant Buckner
2-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Jarryd Summers
5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K

BRADENTON, FLA. - Scoring in bunches was the key for the West Virginia University baseball team as it defeated Big Ten foe Indiana, 14-4, on Friday evening at the inaugural BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

The Mountaineers (1-0) scored three runs in four different innings. They totaled 18 hits and received exceptional pitching from starter Jarryd Summers and relief pitcher Chris Enourato.

“It was really good to get those two outings from Jarryd and Chris,” Coach Greg Van Zant said. “Jarryd was very smart, threw his fastball well and worked himself out of a couple of jams. Chris came after their hitters well. I think those two set the tone for us coming out as the aggressors.”

Summers (1-0) earned the victory after going five innings and giving up one earned run on six hits. The Sharpsville, Pa., native struck out nine against an Indiana squad that finished last season with a .339 batting average, good enough for sixth best in the country.

Enourato was effective out of the bullpen, earning his 12th career save by allowing two runs on three hits in four innings pitched. He also added seven strikeouts in limited frames, including striking out his first four batters faced.

The Hoosiers (0-1) were forced to use four pitchers throughout the game. Left-hander Matt Bashore (0-1), one of the Big Ten’s top pitchers, took the loss after giving up six runs on eight hits in four innings pitched.

Seven Mountaineers tallied multi-games. Catcher Tobias Streich finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while right fielder Grant Buckner registered a team-high four RBIs on three hits. Leadoff batter Justin Parks added three hits and a run scored.

WVU got off to a hot start by scoring three runs in the first inning. Jedd Gyorko started the scoring when he laced an RBI double into right center to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead. Streich followed with a two-run double to left center on a 3-2 pitch, making it 3-0.

In the third inning, WVU continued its hot hitting. A walk by Vince Belnome and a single by Streich were followed by a two-run double by Buckner to right field. Another run-scoring single by Justin Ellis extended the Mountaineer lead to 6-1.

Ellis, batting as the designated hitter, finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

“Justin came up huge for us,” Van Zant added. “Both he and Grant (Buckner) had key RBIs in the beginning of the game. They both had some good at-bats during the game.”

The Mountaineers totaled eight runs in the final three innings. They started the eighth with a walk by Austin Markel, followed by a single up the middle from Gyorko. Belnome then hit a run-scoring single through the right side, and Buckner proceeded to score Gyorko on a sacrifice fly to center field, making it 11-4.

WVU closed the contest with three more runs in the ninth inning. Belnome, who went 2-for-5 on the evening, added his second RBI with a run-scoring single to plate Markel. Streich followed with an RBI single, and Joe Agreste drove in the final Mountaineer run with an RBI groundout.

The Mountaineers continue their slate in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge against Minnesota on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. The contest will be played at Jack Russell Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.