MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia’s Jarryd Summers pitched 7.2 innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts as the Mountaineers defeated the Rutgers baseball team, 13-1, Friday evening in the series opener at Hawley Field.
Sophomore Michael Lang (Dumont, N.J.) took Summers’ fourth pitch of the game over the left-field fence to give Rutgers (17-27, 4-15 BIG EAST) an early 1-0 lead. It was the leadoff man’s team-best eighth home run of the season.
However, the Mountaineer hurler retired nine of the next eleven batters to hold the Scarlet Knights at bay after the opening-inning score.
WVU (30-13, 12-7) tied it up in the third when Dan DiBartolomeo took Rutgers starter Willie Beard’s (Spotswood, N.J.) first offering of the at-bat over the fence in left-center field.
A Scarlet Knight infield error put Joe Agreste on to lead off the third and the Mountaineers manufactured a run with a pair of sacrifice bunts and an Austin Markel RBI single. WVU plated a second run in the frame thanks to a Jedd Gyorko RBI single to make it 3-1.
Rutgers loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but Summers got the Scarlet Knights’ No. 8 and No. 9 hitters – D.J. Anderson (Randolph, N.J.) and Dan Perrine (Scotch Plains, N.J.) – down on strikes to end the threat and get out of the jam unscathed.
West Virginia added two runs each in the fourth and fifth to end Beard’s day with two outs in the fifth frame. The Mountaineers extended their lead with a run in the sixth and capped the scoring with a five-run eighth inning off relievers Billy Murphy (Cranford, N.J.) and Sean Peterson (Wall, N.J.).
Beard (2-4) suffered the loss with four earned runs (seven total) on seven hits and a pair of strikeouts in 4.2 innings, while Summers picked up the win to improve to 7-2 on the season with the one run allowed on five hits in 7.2 innings. Murphy worked 2.1 innings of relief, while Peterson entered in the eighth for the Scarlet Knights.
Friday’s game marked Rutgers’ first contest in Morgantown, W.Va. since May 10, 2005. The night game for the Scarlet Knights was their first in 26 games, since RU faced USF in Tampa March 21 to open the BIG EAST slate.
Rutgers and West Virginia will continue the series with a 3:00 p.m. game Saturday at Hawley Field.