Baseball: WVU Grabs Non-Conference Win

  • April 13, 2009 08:21 PM
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By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
April 13, 2009

west virginia 5, UMES 4
hawley field
morgantown, w.va.
UMES 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 4 6 2
West Virginia 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 X 5 9 0
Stat Comparison
At-Bats 31 30
RBI 4 5
Walks 1 5
Strikeouts 5 3
Left On Base 3 10
Top WVU Players
Top Batter
Top Pitcher
Austin Markel
3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 2B, 5 PO
Chase Pickering
7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Freshman left-hander Chase Pickering threw seven solid innings to lead the West Virginia University baseball team to a 5-4 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on a rainy Monday evening at Hawley Field.

The Cross Lanes, W.Va., native gave up three earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Pickering (2-0) consistently got ahead of his hitters and had plenty of command on his breaking ball to induce several key outs.

WVU’s 26th victory of the season gives the Mountaineers (26-7, 10-2) their best 33-game record under Coach Greg Van Zant.

Austin Markel supplied plenty of offense for WVU, going 3-for-5 with one home run, one double and two runs scored. Markel’s team-best ninth home run of the season is his fourth consecutive round-tripper in as many games.

Junior Chris Enourato earned his sixth save of the season, giving up no runs on two hits in two innings pitched. UMES starter Cameron Zimmerman (3-6) gave a valiant effort, but took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in eight innings pitched to one of the country’s more potent offenses.

Sophomore Dan DiBartolomeo went 1-for-3, contributing with two key RBIs.

The Mountaineers scored first in the opening inning, as DiBartolomeo hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right field to give WVU an early 1-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Tobias Streich started the frame with a single through the left side. Joe Agreste followed with a sacrifice bunt, and Grant Buckner put down a bunt to third base for a single, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Mark Dvoroznak then hit an RBI fielder’s choice to the pitcher to give WVU a 2-1 advantage.

Markel continued his hot streak in the fifth inning. The reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week hit an opposite field solo home run to left field, extending WVU’s lead to 3-1.

WVU’s two-run seventh helped propel it to victory. Jedd Gyorko started things off with a single, and Vince Belnome followed with a walk. On an 0-2 offering, DiBartolomeo came through with an RBI single through the left side to make it 4-2. Two batters later, Agreste had arguably the game’s most important hit, lacing a double down the right field line to plate Belnome and give WVU a 5-2 advantage.

The Hawks (10-27, 8-5) fought back in the eighth when Phil Vaughn’s RBI groundout made it 5-3. Remo Orsini then singled up the middle to trim UMES’ deficit to just one run at 5-4.

WVU faces Duquesne for the third and final time this season on Tuesday, April 14, at Duquesne Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.