MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (May 14, 2004) - West Virginia broke open a scoreless game with nine runs over the fourth and fifth innings to defeat East Tennessee State in a rain-shortened game Friday night from Hawley Field in Morgantown, W. Va. The game was called due to thunderstorms prior to the sixth inning.
The game began as a pitcher's duel as sophomore lefty Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Mountaineer ace Zac Cline each allowed just one hit through the first three innings. Calicutt worked out of a jam in the bottom of the third with defensive help from senior shortstop Andy Howdeshell (Maryville, Tenn.).
WVU had runners on second and third with one out after Doug Nelms reached on a fielder's choice and Kyle Matuszek doubled to right. Howdeshell saved at least a run, recording the second out of the inning on a diving catch of a soft liner up the middle by Jake Serfass. Following a walk to Grant Psomas, Howdeshell made another great play on a slow bouncer behind the mound by Lee Fritz, then gunning him down at first.
West Virginia broke through in the bottom of the fourth, sending 11 men to the plate and erupting for seven runs. The big hits of the frame were a two-run triple by Travis D'Amico and a three-run homer by Grant Psomas. Serfass also hit an RBI single while Doug Nelms drove in a run with a double.
The Mountaineers added two runs to their lead in the bottom of the fifth on a long two-run homer over the left field wall by Nelms.
Between the fifth and sixth innings, the thunderstorms moved in and the game was called after a 49-minute delay.
Calicutt was charged with the loss (5-7), allowing seven runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out one.
Cline pitched his ninth complete game of the season and tossed his third consecutive two-hitter. He did not allow a walk and struck out two over his five innings.
Junior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a single in the first inning and sophomore right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) singled in the fourth for ETSU's two hits. With his hit, Moore ran his team-best hitting streak to 13 games.
Nelms led the Mountaineers, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Kyle Matuszek also was 2-for-3 with a run scored for WVU.
ETSU and West Virginia return conclude their three-game set tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. from Hawley Field in Morgantown, W. Va.