By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
March 13, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Austin Markel’s three-run home run over the right field foul pole in the eighth inning propelled the West Virginia University baseball team to a 7-1 victory over Siena on Friday afternoon at Hawley Field.
Markel finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including a run-scoring double to left field in the fifth inning that knotted the game at 1-1. His late-inning three-run blast was his third home run of the season, tying him with Tobias Streich for the team lead.
Sophomore right-hander Jarryd Summers (3-0) continued to impress on the mound, striking out a career-high 11 batters in eight innings pitched. The Sharpsville, Pa., native gave up only four hits in his second straight start, and allowed just one run on a solo home run by Siena’s Gary DerHogopian in the fourth.
“Jarryd went out and threw well for us today,” Coach Greg Van Zant said. “He went out and competed and that’s all we can really ask for.”
Summers continually mowed down the Saints (1-12) all afternoon. The BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week struck out every position starter at least once aside from centerfielder Jason DeFilippo and left fielder Nick Messinger.
The Mountaineers racked up 14 hits as a club, with five players tallying at least two hits apiece. Vince Belnome went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, hitting a solo home run to right center in the seventh to give WVU a 4-1 lead. The Coatesville, Pa., native also hit his team-leading 10th double of the season to left field in the second inning, and contributed with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the fifth to give WVU a 2-1 advantage.
Grant Buckner, Tobias Streich and Jedd Gyorko also finished with two hits each. Designated hitter Justin Ellis contributed with a 1-for-3 effort, including an RBI fielder’s choice that plated Streich to extend WVU’s lead to 3-1 in the sixth inning.
Siena starter Craig Caput (1-2) took the loss after giving up four runs on 11 hits in seven innings pitched. Reliever Brandon Curson pitched one inning and gave up three runs on three hits, surrendering Markel’s three-run blast in the eighth.
WVU reliever Marcus Broadwater entered in the top of the ninth, giving up no runs on no hits to preserve the victory for the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers return to action with a doubleheader against Siena on Saturday, March 14, at Hawley Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.