by Elizabeth Brandt for MSNsportsNET.com
March 13, 2007
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team fell for the first time at home this season to Duquesne Tuesday afternoon at Hawley Field. The final score was 14-12.
Duquesne (4-7) tried to put early distance between themselves and the Mountaineers, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. West Virginia (9-4) quickly countered with six runs of its own in the bottom of the inning.
The Dukes tacked on five in the top of the fourth to give themselves a shaky 11-10 advantage. A bunt single from Justin Parks in the bottom of the sixth scored Brent Lockhart who reached on a double to left field. Parks then scored a run himself to put the Mountaineers ahead 12-11.
Duquesne answered with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh from Bill Torre to score Anthony Manley who reached on a single to left field. The Dukes would add two more runs in the top of the eighth to take the game.
“We had two freshman pitch for us today and you have to give them credit,” said WVU coach Greg Van Zant. “Our team comes out and competes. If we continue to come out and compete like this, we’re in for a heck of a season.”
Right-hander Joe Kaye was awarded the win and improved to 2-1 on the season. The Pittsburgh native allowed two runs on three hits while facing 15 batters in 3.0 innings.
True freshman Chris Enourato (0-1) recorded the loss for the Mountaineers. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits in 2.2 innings of work.
Senior Justin Jenkins recorded his second home run of the season as he knocked one out of the park to lead off the bottom of the third inning. Jenkins has now extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games. Sophomore Adam White when 3-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored.
Next up for West Virginia is a four-game series with Toledo March 16-18. The Mountaineers and Rockets will first meet in a 3 p.m. contest on Friday, March 16. Saturday, March 17, will feature a doubleheader with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. The series will end with another 1 p.m. game on Sunday, March 18.