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Huskies Drop Pair to West Virginia

West Virginia 18, Connecticut 14
Connecticut    1 0 0   0 3 7   3 - 14 16 1
West Virginia   0 3 8   1 3 3   x - 18 17 1

C: Nick Tucci, Bob Barton (3), Brendan McGinn (4), Keith Potvin (5) and Mike Leonard. WV: Shawn Miller, Justin Asbury (6), Chris Amedro (7) and Travis D’Amico. Win- Miller (3-0). Loss - Tucci (2-4). 2B - Russ D’Argento (C), Mike Leonard 2 (C), Jarod Rine (W), Eric Grimm (W), Tim McCabe (W), Derek Cisar (W), Grant Psomas (W). 3B- Mike McDonough (C) HR - Brett Burnham (C), Jake Surfass (W), Kurtis Clinton 2 (W), Eric Grimm (W), Grant Psomas (W).

West Virginia 9, Connecticut 3
Connecticut (16-13, 6-5)    0 0 1   0 0 0   1 1 0 - 3 10 0
West Virginia (21-11, 5-2)   0 2 0   0 1 1   0 5 x - 9 11 1

C: Tim Norton, Erik Drown (6), Keith Potvin (8) and Tyler Stefkovich. WV: Zac Kline and Travis D’Amico. Win- Kline (5-3). Loss - Norton (2-1). 2B - Mike McDonough (C), Jarod Rine (W), Grant Psomas (W). HR - Dan Trubia (C), Eric Grimm (W), Grant Psomas (W).

MORGANTOWN, WV (April 12) - The University of Connecticut baseball team dropped a pair of conference games today at West Virginia. The Huskies dropped game one 18-14 and game two 7-3 to fall to 16-13 on the season and 6-5 in the BIG EAST, while the Mountaineers improve to 21-11overall and 5-2 in the conference.

In game one UConn started the scoring in the top of the first with an RBI triple by Mike McDonough (Abington, MA) to score Peter Soteropoulos (Peabody, MA). West Virginia would take the lead for good in the bottom of the second with back to back home runs by Jake Surfass a two run shot and Kurtis Clinton.

The Mountaineers would increase their lead in the bottom of the third scoring eight runs on an RBI single by Clinton, two run double by Derek Cisar, a passed ball scored Clinton, an RBI single by Travis D’Amico and a three run home run by Eric Grimm for an 11-1 lead. West Virginia would add another run in the fourth on a Grant Psomas solo home run.

The Huskies would not go away adding three runs in the top of the fifth thanks to a three run double by Mike Leonard (Vernon, CT), which scored Brett Burnham (South Windsor, CT), Bryan Maler (Ansonia, CT) and McDonough to cut the lead to 12-4. West Virginia continued to swing hot bats though answering in the bottom half of the inning with a three run home run by Clinton, his second home run of the day.

UConn continued to hit the ball in the top of the sixth scoring seven runs to pull within four at 15-11. The scoring started with a two run double to left by Russ D’Argento (Marlboro, MA) to score Dan Trubia (Tolland, CT) and Tim Dempsey (Lexington, MA). Burnham followed with a two run home run. Dempsey then walked with the bases loaded to score Tony Mallozzi (Westboro, MA). A two run single to center by Trubia scored Mike Mocerino (Northboro, MA) and Leonard for the final runs of the inning as the Huskies left the bases loaded.

West Virginia ended any chances of a comeback in the bottom of the sixth plating three more runs, while UConn added three runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Leonard his second of the day and a two run single by Trubia for the 18-14 final.

The winning pitcher for the Mountaineers in game one was Shawn Miller who moves to 3-0 on the season and the losing pitcher for the Huskies was Nick Tucci (Medford, MA).

In game two West Virginia took the lead in the bottom of the second on Psomas two run home run. UConn would cut the lead in half in the top of the third on a Trubia solo blast to make it 2-1. The Mountaineers would extend their lead scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead.

UConn would claw back with single runs in the seventh and eighth on an RBI single by Leonard and Trubia to make it 4-3. West Virginia would add five insurance runs though in the bottom of the eighth capped off by a three run home run by Grimm.

Zac Cline went the distance for the Mountaineers allowing three runs on ten hits to pick up his fifth win of the season, while Tim Norton pitched five innings and allowed four runs, three earned in the loss for the Huskies.

UConn and West Virginia will get together one more time tomorrow to conclude the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.