Baseball: Kent State Wins Slugfest

  • May 11, 2004 10:38 PM
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By Tim Goodenow for MSNsportsNET.com
May 11, 2004


    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia and Kent State combined for 38 hits as the Golden Flashes outslugged the Mountaineers to take a single game, 15-11, on Tuesday night at Hawley Field.

    The Mountaineers tied the game at 11 in the bottom of the eighth when freshman David Carpenter smashed a 1-0 pitch over the left center wall for a three-run homer.

    Kent then scored scored four runs off WVU reliever Trent Ridgley in the ninth, including a game-winning RBI double by Andrew Davis to seal the win. Ridgley and Todd Dunham worked the final three innings in which the Golden Flashes scored 12 of their 15 runs.

    Kent’s Chad Wagler threw the final two innings, allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out three Mountaineers to pick up the victory. Davis collected five hits on the night and scored three times to lead the Golden Flash offense.

    Kent got on the scoreboard first with a three-run first inning. Matt Sega singled to left scoring one and Chuck Moore doubled to right center, plating two more.

    Down 3-1 after an inning of action, the Mountaineers swiftly built a 6-3 advantage. West Virginia took its first lead of the game with two runs in the fifth, making it 4-3. Senior Jake Serfass drove in Carpenter, who had doubled, with a hard hit ball down the left field line. Junior Grant Psomas then followed with a doubled to left field, scoring Serfass.

    In the bottom of the sixth, Casey Bowling extended WVU’s lead to 5-3 with a two-out RBI single through the left side to score Stan Posluszny. Doug Nelms then delivered a RBI single up the middle to score Bowling and make it 6-3 Mountaineers.

    The Golden Flashes regained the lead with a six-run seventh inning to take a 9-6 advantage. WVU countered as Kurtis Clinton extended his hitting streak to eight games with a RBI single in bottom half of the inning to make the score 9-8 in favor of Kent.

    Bowling collected just the fifth four-hit game of the season for West Virginia, going 4 for 5 with two runs scored. Serfass, Psomas and Nelms all tallied three hits on the evening.

    Fans witnessed a scary moment in the top of the third inning when WVU starter Brendan Bergerson took a line drive to the face. The tough lefthander was down for a brief moment, only to complete six strong innings of work, striking out three batters.

    The two teams wrap up the two-game series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night.