Baseball: Mountaineers Top Duquesne

By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
March 11, 2009

duquesne 5, west virginia 8
Hawley Field
Morgantown, w.vA.
Duquesne 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 5 5 1
West Virginia 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 1 X 8 12 1
Stat Comparison
At-Bats 30 33
RBI 4 8
Walks 4 1
Strikeouts 10 4
Left On Base 5 8
Top WVU Players
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Joe Agreste
3-4, 3 RBI
Chris Enourato
4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A timely two-run fifth inning and an insurance run in the eighth helped lead the West Virginia University baseball team past Duquesne, 8-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Hawley Field.

Senior Joe Agreste’s go-ahead single through the right side plated Jedd Gyorko in the fifth, and two batters later Grant Buckner added a run-scoring single to the left side to give the Mountaineers (8-4) a 7-5 cushion.

Gyorko followed with an insurance RBI in the eighth on a single to right field to score Mark Dvoroznak, making it 8-5.

Chris Enourato (2-0) earned the win in relief. The junior from Bridgeport, W.Va., pitched 4.1 innings and allowed no runs on one hit with eight strikeouts. After giving up a two-run single to Duquesne’s Mark Tracy in his first batter faced, Enourato retired 13 of his next 14 hitters.

Junior starter Andy Altemus went 4.2 innings and gave up three earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts. Duquesne starter Michael Pelekanos (0-2) took the loss after giving up seven runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

Both pitchers held the Dukes (0-12) to just five hits. The damage was done in the fifth inning when Duquesne had the bases loaded with no outs. Anthony Manley was a hit by a pitch to bring home Derek Lefever for the Dukes’ first run. Anthony DeFabio brought in the second run with an RBI fielder’s choice to third base.

WVU tallied 12 hits overall, led by Agreste’s 3-for-4 day at the plate. The Chesapeake, Va., resident had two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Mountaineers’ relentless offense.

Austin Markel went 2-for-4, which included a key RBI triple to left center in WVU’s four-run third inning. His 11th career triple puts him in a tie for second place with former Mountaineer Bobby Watts on the school’s career triples list, leaving him six shy of breaking Tyler Kuhn’s record of 16.

Gyorko also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Vince Belnome continued his season-long hitting streak with two hits and an RBI on a run-scoring single to left field in the third. Justin Ellis added a ground-rule double down the left field line in the fourth inning, plating Markel to give WVU a 5-0 advantage.

The Mountaineers return with a four-game series beginning on Friday, March 13, against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Siena. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Hawley Field.