Doubleheader Sweep

  • March 22, 2003 08:12 PM
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By John Antonik for MSNsportsNET.com
March 22, 2003

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It wasn’t a very good day for Eastern Michigan pitchers.

      West Virginia's Eric Grimm slugged two home runs and drove in seven runs in the first of two Saturday. (All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks)

    West Virginia pounded out 28 hits and scored 28 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Eagles Saturday afternoon at Hawley Field. The Mountaineers claimed game one 16-2, and took the nightcap, 12-8.

    Eric Grimm was the hitting star in the first game, going four for four with two home runs and seven RBI. It was his first multi-home run effort as a Mountaineer and his seven RBI were the most by a WVU hitter since Tim McCabe drove in seven runs against Duquesne in 2001.

    McCabe also had a big day, slugging two home runs in the first game and another round tripper in the nightcap. McCabe finished the doubleheader with four hits and seven RBI.

    McCabe now has seven home runs this season and 31 for his career, bringing him just one shy of tying Mark Landers’ WVU record of 32 home runs produced from 1991-94.

    Others slugging home runs for West Virginia in the double header included Kurtis Clinton (5) in game one, and Jake Serfass (3), Derek Cisar (3) and Casey Bowling (1) in game two. Bowling’s home run was a grand slam in West Virginia’s six-run third.

    In all, West Virginia hitters clobbered nine home runs for the doubleheader and now show 31 home runs for the season.

    Cisar led all WVU hitters with five hits for the twinbill and raised his batting average to .371 for the season. Jake Serfass finished the pair of games with four hits.

    West Virginia game one starter Jason D’Angelo pitched a complete game, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits. He struck out five batters and walked five to improve to 3-2 on the season.

    In game two, Shawn Miller went six innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits to register his first win as a Mountaineer.

    West Virginia (12-6) touched up Eastern Michigan game one starter Anthony Tomey for nine earned runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. Tomey’s record drops to 0-3.

    In the second game, West Virginia knocked out starter Dale Hayes in the fifth inning. He gave up 11 runs, 10 earned, on nine hits. His record drops to 1-1.

    EMU shortstop Brian Bixler had four hits for the doubleheader to lead the Eagles.

    The pair of losses drops Eastern Michigan’s record to 2-10.

    West Virginia has now won five straight games.

    The two teams will wrap up the three-game series tomorrow with a single game beginning at 1 p.m.