by Nathaniel Zinn for MSNsportsNET.com
March 20, 2007
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team battered St. Bonaventure 12-1 on Tuesday afternoon at Hawley Field.
West Virginia (10-4) got a big day at the plate from catcher Justin Parks. Parks went 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBI while teammate Vince Belnome went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBI to lead WVU’s offensive production.
St. Bonaventure (4-9) opened the game’s scoring with a run in the second inning before WVU answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.
After adding two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, the Mountaineers put the game out of reach with four runs in the seventh.
Parks stepped to the plate with the bases full and ripped a two-RBI double to left center field. Belnome then followed Parks’ double with a two-bagger of his own to left center to bring two more WVU runs across the plate to bring the score to 10-1.
West Virginia wasn’t done just yet as preseason all-BIG EAST selection Justin Jenkins extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI triple off the right field wall in the bottom of the eighth. Jordon Yost brought Jenkins home with an RBI ground out to second base to end the game’s scoring.
In all, eight starters recorded a hit as WVU put up 15 hits a team.
The Bonnies’ rightfielder T.J. Pennino went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead St. Bonaventure.
Mountaineer starter Kenny Durst (3-1) picked up his third win this season by going 5.2 innings. Durst allowed just one run on three hits and struck out a season high seven batters. Durst now has 24 strikeouts on the year.
Freshman right-hander Chris Enourato relieved Durst and pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn his third save of the year. Enourato yielded just one hit and struck out two.
Michael Proctor gets pinned with the loss after six Mountaineer runs crossed the plate in his 5.1 innings on the mound. Proctor falls to 1-3 this season.
The Mountaineers and Bonnies will meet again for game two on Wednesday, March 21, at 3 p.m.