by Elizabeth Brandt for MSNsportsNET.com
April 7, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. – The West Virginia University baseball team battered South Florida this afternoon at Red McEwen Field in the final game of this weekend’s BIG EAST road series. The Mountaineers won game three 16-5.
WVU (18-10, 4-5) wasted no time tallying two runs in the first inning. Center fielder Adam White crossed home as right fielder Austin Markel grounded a ball into a double play. White had singled up the middle to lead off the inning. First baseman Jordon Yost would smack a single out to right center to score shortstop Tyler Kuhn who was walked earlier by Bulls starter Yuri Higgins.
Mountaineer starter Kenny Durst retired three consecutive batters to send his team into the second inning with a 2-0 advantage. After West Virginia tacked on four runs, South Florida (25-10, 8-4) sent Higgins to the dugout and brought out south paw Davis Bilardello. Yost greet Higgins with a two-run homer. WVU would get three more runs before the end of the inning.
Although South Florida tried to stage a comeback, the Mountaineers would hold on to the lead.
Durst (4-1) picked up the win in his first complete game of the season. The left-handed pitcher allowed five runs on 10 hits and struck out five.
Higgins took the loss falling to 4-3 on the season. The right-handed pitcher allowed seven runs on five hits while walking four over 1.2 innings.
With an RBI single in the second inning, Justin Jenkins extended his team-high hitting streak to 27 games. Jenkins also went 3-for-5 with one home run. Second baseman Jason Pape went 2-for-3.
West Virginia will next host Maryland-Eastern Shore for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 10, at Hawley Field. First pitch for that game is slated for 1 p.m.