March 25, 2006
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia broke open a close game with a three-run fifth inning and went on to defeat the Pitt baseball team, 6-2, at Hawley Field in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday afternoon.
The loss was the Panthers' (11-10, 2-3 Big East) second in a row to the Mountaineers (18-3, 2-0), with just one game left in the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Justin Jenkins and Kyle Matuszek went deep for West Virginia and combined for five hits, four runs and four RBIs in the win over the Panthers. Pitt second baseman Jim Negrych (Buffalo, N.Y./St. Francis) had three of the Panthers' seven hits, all singles, and scored one of the two runs.
Both Pitt runs were scored in the top of the fourth after West Virginia took an early 3-0 lead off of starter Rob Brant (Mansfield, Pa./Mansfield). Third baseman Dan Williams (Berwyn, Pa./Episcopal Academy) drove in both runs with a single, scoring Negrych and Seth Button (Elk Lake, Pa./Elk Lake/Gloucester College).
West Virginia would score three times in the bottom of the fifth to close out the game's scoring and send the Panthers to their third loss in their past four Big East games.
Brant allowed 11 hits and six runs, all earned, in 5.1 innings of work with two walks and four strikeouts, falling to 2-3 with the loss. Kenny Durst earned the victory for WVU to improve to 3-1 on the season. Kyle Landis (Hazleton, Pa./Hazleton) finished up for the Panthers on the mound, allowing two hits in 2.2 innings with three strikeouts.
Tomorrow's final game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m.
NOTES: Negrych was busy in the field as well as at the plate, finishing with four putouts and seven assists...the Panthers were outhit, 13-7, by the Mountaineers, and the teams combined to turn six double plays in the contest.