Baseball: WVU Drops Game Two at VU

By Shannon McNamara for
April 30, 2011 05:22 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Cold bats spelled doom for the West Virginia University baseball team, as the Mountaineers lost their second straight contest to Villanova, falling 7-2 this afternoon, in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

WVU (24-18, 10-7 BIG EAST) scored two runs on five hits and committed two errors, while BIG EAST-foe Villanova (17-24, 4-13 BIG EAST) scored seven runs on 11 hits with one error.

Mountaineer freshman Marshall Thompson (4-2) took the loss, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits, striking out two and walking four batters. Kyle Helisek got the complete-game win for the Wildcats, allowing two runs, one earned on five hits, striking out two and walking three.

No Mountaineer tallied more than one hit, with redshirt senior Grant Buckner earning the team’s lone RBI of the game. The Elkview, W.Va., native went 1-for-2, extending his streak of reaching base to a conference leading 36 games. David Koczirka, Marlon Calbi, Dain Hall and Adam Nelson all had two hits for the Wildcats, with Nelson scoring two runs on a 2-for-3 performance.

Both teams got on the board in the first inning. Brady Wilson opened the game with a walk, and following a Justin McDavid fly out, crossed the plate on Buckner’s double to center field, his 11th of the season. After Jeremy Gum fouled out, the inning ended with Buckner being thrown out at home on a T.J. Kuban single.

The Wildcats responded in the bottom of the inning. Koczirka opened the frame with a double, and advanced to third on a Calbi bunt. Steve Schrenk’s ground out to second scored Koczirka. Thompson got the Mountaineers out of the inning, as Matt Fleishman flew out to center, and Calbi was called out for leaving third base too early.

With two outs in the bottom of the second, VU took a lead it would never relinquish. With two outs in the inning, Kevin Wagner gave the Wildcats life with a walk and then advanced to second on a balk. Adam Nelson drove Wagner in with an RBI single to left field. Nelson stole second, and after Paul Rambaud walked, Koczirka popped out to short.

The struggles continued for the Mountaineers in the bottom of the third, as VU scored two more runs and pushed its lead to 4-1. Calbi walked to lead off the inning, advanced to second on Schrenk’s sacrifice bunt. A Fleishman fly out to right center field pushed Calbi to third base, and he crossed home plate on a balk. Hall followed the score with a successful bunt down the first base line and advanced to second base on a Thompson wild pitch. Erb’s single to left field scored Hall. Catcher Matt Malloy stopped the Wildcats’ momentum when he threw out Erb attempting to steal second base.

The Mountaineers cut the Wildcat lead to two runs in the top of the sixth. McDavid opened the inning with a single up the middle, and then stole second base, his second of the season. After Buckner struck out looking, and Gum flew out to left field, Kuban walked before Malloy reached first on a Wagner throwing error from third, scoring McDavid from second.

Freshman Corey Walter relieved Thompson in the sixth inning. The Wildcats added an insurance run in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh. Walter finished the game, giving up two runs on four hits in 2.2 innings of work.

The teams will close out the three-game series tomorrow at 12:05 p.m., with senior right-handed pitcher Andy Berry expected to get the starting nod for the Mountaineers. Fans can follow the WVU via game tracker on

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