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Baseball: WVU Gets Two From Hoyas



By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
April 4, 2009

 
game 1 - georgetown 6, west virginia 10
game 2 - georgetown 5, west virginia 10
hawley field
morgantown, w.va.
Summary
 
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9
R
H
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Georgetown 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 6 10 2
West Virginia 0 1 0 1 3 3 0 2 X 10 13 1

 
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Georgetown 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 6 2
West Virginia 2 1 0 2 3 0 1 1 X 10 14 2
Stat Comparison - Game 1
 
At-Bats 37 35
RBI 5 7
Walks 2 7
Strikeouts 13 3
Left On Base 7 14
Stat Comparison - Game 2
 
At-Bats 33 32
RBI 4 10
Walks 3 1
Strikeouts 8 1
Left On Base 6 8
Top WVU Players - Game 1
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Joe Agreste
3-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR
Jarryd Summers
8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 R, 1 BB, 12 K
Top WVU Players - Game 2
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Justin Parks
3-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR
Jonathan Jones
6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 R, 3 BB, 8 K

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Seven home runs over a two-game span powered the West Virginia University baseball team to a two-game sweep over Georgetown on a Saturday doubleheader at Hawley Field. The Mountaineers (22-6, 7-1) won game one, 10-6, and defeated the Hoyas (10-18, 3-5) in game two, 10-5.

Senior Joe Agreste led WVU with three home runs on the day, including two round-trippers in game one. The Chesapeake, Va., native raised his batting average by 17 points today, going 4-for-8 overall as he joined a plethora of WVU hitters who had standout performances.

Senior Justin Parks notched his first multi-home run game of the season in game two to take the team lead with six. The Columbus, Ohio, native picked up five RBIs on three hits in the second contest, and went 5-for-9 overall.

Starting right-hander Jarryd Summers (4-1) took the win in game one, striking out a career-high 12 batters as he continues to serve as the ace of the rotation. Summers gave up two runs on six hits in eight innings pitched as he gave the Hoyas trouble all afternoon with his sharp fastball.

Left-hander Jonathan Jones (4-0) remained undefeated after giving up four earned runs on six hits in six innings pitched. After giving up two runs in the first inning, the freshman settled down and showed strong command of his offspeed pitches to give the Mountaineers a stable presence on the mound.

WVU’s offense tallied 27 hits total, including 13 in game one and 14 in game two. Aside from Agreste and Parks, Tobias Streich (5) and Vince Belnome (4) had key home runs to help give WVU a tremendous power surge on the day.

In game one, the Mountaineers were locked in a tight battle with the Hoyas until they produced offensively in the middle innings. WVU scored three runs in the fifth inning when Agreste hit a two-out, two-run home run to put the Mountaineers ahead 4-1. Three at-bats later, Grant Buckner scored on a wild pitch from Georgetown starter Will Harris (2-4).

Two errors in the sixth inning cost the Hoyas as WVU found ways to manufacture runs. Jedd Gyorko began the frame with a walk, and Belnome followed with a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Dan DiBartolomeo hit a bloop RBI single to right field to plate Gyorko. Mark Dvoroznak then hit a ground ball to shortstop that was misplayed, bringing in two more WVU runs to make it 8-2.

WVU pulled out another come-from-behind effort in game two, trailing by two runs entering the bottom of the first. With two outs, Belnome hit a 1-2 pitch for an opposite field home run to left to knot the game at 2-2.

A momentum-building at-bat came from Parks in the fifth inning. With the Mountaineers leading 5-4, Parks hit a sailing fly ball down the left field line for a three-run home run. Dvoroznak added an insurance RBI in the seventh on a run-scoring single through the left side, and Streich reached on an infield single in the eighth to plate Austin Markel and put the game away.

WVU right-hander Andy Altemus saw action in both games. The Morgantown native pitched three innings and gave up no runs and no hits as he earned his second save of the season in game two. The junior came in relief during game one in the ninth inning, striking out Sean Lamont to end GU’s comeback bid.

WVU’s 22-6 mark through its first 28 games is its best start since going 24-4 to begin the 2006 season. Its 7-1 conference record is also its best start since beginning the 1997 season with an identical 7-1 mark in BIG EAST play.

The Mountaineers go for a three-game sweep against Georgetown on Sunday, April 5, at Hawley Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.



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