By Mike Montoro for MSNsportsNET.com
May 21, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia’s Dom Hayes and Grant Buckner’s RBI hits in the seventh inning broke a 7-7 tie to lead the Mountaineers to a 9-7 win over Villanova in the second game of the BIG EAST Conference three-game series finale, tonight, in front of 513 in attendance at Hawley Field.
Tied at 7-7 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, Mark Dvoroznak walked to lead off the inning, moved to second on Brady Wilson’s sacrifice bunt to first base and scored on Hayes’ single to right field. Jedd Gyorko was intentionally walked after Wilson’s sacrifice and scored on Buckner’s double to right field.
“Grant has really gotten into a nice groove in the last part of the season,” said coach Greg Van Zant. “He struggled a bit early on but he works hard. He worked himself out of a hole and has been swinging the bat really well for us. He came up with some timely hits tonight.”
Chris Enourato (6-2) came on in relief in the third inning, pitching the final 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out seven. WVU starting pitcher Andy Berry pitched 2.2 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out three.
“Chris has been outstanding all year for us,” said Van Zant. “He just comes in and competes. He is a smart pitcher with a good out-pitch. He gave us a great effort today.”
Buckner and Kevin Griffin led the Mountaineers with three hits each. Buckner finished with three doubles and three RBIs, while Jeremy Gum had two hits and one RBI. Justin McDavid had two hits and two RBIs, including his fifth home run of the season, and Hayes collected two hits and an RBI.
Matt Szczur led the Wildcats with three hits and an RBI, Justin Bencsko, Chris Johnson, Kevin Wagner and Marlon Calbi each finished with two hits. Tyler Sciacca had a hit and two RBIs.
West Virginia (26-28, 9-17 BIG EAST) scored nine runs on 15 hits and committed one error, while Villanova (29-22, 9-17 BIG EAST) scored seven runs on 15 hits and committed one error.
Villanova relief pitcher Kevin Crimmel (6-2) was credited with the loss, pitching one inning, giving up two runs on two hits and walking two batters.
West Virginia exploded for four runs in the sixth inning to tie the game at 7-7. Gyorko reached on a one-out walk, Hayes singled up the middle and Buckner doubled to drive in both runners. McDavid reached on an infield single to shortstop, plating Buckner and moved to second on a throwing error by Calbi. Gum singled to right field to drive in McDavid for the tying run.
The Wildcats took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Bencscko homered to right center to lead off the inning. Dain Hall walked and Johnson singled through the right side before RBI singles by Matt Fleishman and Sciacca gave Villanova the three run advantage.
Villanova added two more runs in the fifth inning, extending its lead to 5-0. Johnson singled up the middle, and David Koczirka reached on a bunt single through the right side of the infield. Kevin Wager reached on a two-out infield single to short, plating Johnson and Calbi’s drove in Koczirka with a single to right field.
McDavid’s two-run homer to center field in the third inning cut the Wildcat lead to 5-2. The Mountaineers tacked on another run in the fifth inning when Buckner was hit by a pitch, moved to second on Gum’s single to left field and scored on Griffin’s two-out single up the middle.
Villanova added two more runs in the sixth inning to extend its lead to 7-3. Back-to-back singles by Calbi and Bencsko led off the inning. Both runners moved up to second and third on Hall’s bunt single to the pitcher. Szczur singled to score Calbi and Johnson flew out to right to plate Bencsko.
Game three between Villanova and West Virginia will take place on Saturday at noon. For West Virginia to qualify for the Big East tournament the Mountaineers need to win on Saturday and Louisville to sweep a doubleheader from Notre Dame. Today's game in South Bend was postponed due to inclement weather.