Baseball: WVU Takes Down Duquesne

By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
March 31, 2009

duquesne 5, west virginia 7
hawley field
morgantown, w.va.
Duquesne 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 8 1
West Virginia 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 X 7 10 3
Stat Comparison
At-Bats 34 31
RBI 1 6
Walks 2 8
Strikeouts 9 4
Left On Base 6 12
Top WVU Players
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Tobias Streich
2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Justin Ellis
6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 5 R, 1 BB, 5 K

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A pivotal six-run fourth inning allowed the West Virginia University baseball team to defeat Duquesne, 7-5, on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

Down 2-1 through the first three innings, the Mountaineers (19-6, 5-1) began to execute offensively in the fourth. With the bases loaded, senior Austin Markel was hit by a pitch, and two batters later Vince Belnome nabbed his 43rd RBI of the season on another run-scoring walk.

Tobias Streich’s key two-run double down the left field line put WVU ahead at 5-2. Dan DiBartolomeo followed with a two-run single through the right side to extend his hitting streak to 23 games and give the Mountaineers a five-run advantage.

Streich and DiBartolomeo paced WVU at the plate, contributing with two hits and two RBIs apiece. Streich garnered three at-bats as he was hit by a pitch and walked in the eighth.

WVU tallied 10 hits altogether, and managed to produce at least one hit in seven of its eight innings at the plate.

Starter Justin Ellis (3-1) delivered another solid performance from the mound. The redshirt freshman from Pickerington, Ohio, went six innings and allowed just one earned run on eight hits with five strikeouts. After allowing two consecutive singles to begin the game, the right-hander proceeded to retire 18 of his next 26 batters faced.

Reliever Chris Enourato had another solid performance, getting his 16th career save, including his fifth of the season. The Bridgeport, W.Va. native pitched the final two innings and struck out four of six batters without allowing a hit.

Andy Altemus also pitched effectively in middle relief, not allowing a hit in the seventh inning. He once again got WVU out of a potential jam when he induced a key double play by Rick Devereaux, and followed by getting cleanup batter Andrew Heck to ground out to shortstop to end the frame.

WVU improves to 17-1 when it outhits its opponents this season, and is 19-4 when it totals five or more runs in each game.

The Mountaineers return with another home contest on Wednesday, April 1, against Mid-American Conference opponent Ohio. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.