Baseball


WVU Grabs Two More Wins



By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
March 9, 2009

game 1 - njit 2, west virginia 5
game 2 - njit 3, west virginia 30
hawley field
morgantown, w.va.
Summary
 
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NJIT 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X X 2 6 3
West Virginia 2 0 1 2 0 0 X X X 5 10 2

 
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NJIT 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 X X 3 6 3
West Virginia 15 2 2 3 4 4 X X X 30 32 0
Stat Comparison - Game 1
 
At-Bats 25 27
RBI 1 5
Walks 1 0
Strikeouts 9 0
Left On Base 5 6
Stat Comparison - Game 2
 
At-Bats 22 51
RBI 3 30
Walks 7 6
Strikeouts 3 1
Left On Base 8 13
Top WVU Players - Game 1
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Justin Parks
3-4, 2 R
Justin Ellis
6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Top WVU Players - Game 2
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Dan DiBartolomeo
5-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Marcus Broadwater
6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University baseball team had another hitting explosion on Sunday afternoon, sweeping New Jersey Tech in its second straight doubleheader at Hawley Field.

The Mountaineers (7-3) won the first game, 5-2, and followed with a decisive 30-3 victory in game two. WVU’s 30 runs scored are its most in a single game since tallying 34 runs against Coppin State on April 21, 1998.

WVU outscored the Highlanders (0-4) in the four-game series, 67-8. In game two, every starting position player posted multiple hits, led by Vince Belnome’s 5-for-6 performance, which included five RBIs and three doubles. It is the second time in his career that Belnome has amassed five hits in a game, and the sixth time the Coatesville, Pa., native has tied his career-high of five RBIs in a game.

Third baseman Dan DiBartolomeo also had five hits in the second game, which included three RBIs, two doubles and four runs scored. Fifth-year senior Justin Parks set the tone from the leadoff spot throughout the contest, going 4-for-5 with an RBI, two doubles and five runs scored.

WVU recorded 32 hits in game two’s offensive showcase. Its most recent scoring outburst gives the Mountaineers a .414 batting average through 10 games played. Joe Agreste, Tobias Streich and Colin Durbrow each had four RBIs, while DiBartolomeo and Justin Ellis drove in three runs apiece.

Redshirt sophomore Marcus Broadwater (1-2) got his first victory as a Mountaineer. He gave up two runs on six hits in six innings pitched while striking out three in WVU’s 30-3 win. Matt Tomczyk (0-1) took the loss after giving up 12 runs on 11 hits in 0.2 innings pitched.

Ellis (1-0) picked up the win in game one for the Mountaineers. Ellis did not allow an earned run in six innings pitched, and struck out seven Highlanders during the seven-inning contest. Parks led the offense with a 3-for-4 day, and Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

NJIT's P.J. Saporito (0-1) took the loss after allowing four earned runs on 10 hits in six innings pitched. WVU closer Chris Enourato picked up his second save of the season and 13th of his career to tie him with former pitcher Billy Biggs for second place on the school's career saves list.

Streich, who laced a two-run home run off the Shell Building in game two, had a key RBI double down the right field line in the first game to break a 2-2 tie in the third inning. Centerfielder Austin Markel followed with an RBI groundout in the fourth inning, and Gyorko plated Parks on a single up the middle to give Ellis plenty of run support in a 5-2 victory.

The Mountaineers return to Hawley Field on Monday, March 9, against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference member Canisius. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.



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