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WVU Shuts Out Pitt in Home Finale

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Randy Mazey and the Mountaineers have won each of their first three Big 12 series. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Randy Mazey and the Mountaineers have won each of their first three Big 12 series. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

By Chris Jackson

Pitching told the tale in Tuesday’s edition of the Backyard Brawl.

West Virginia (31-20) surrendered three hits while shutting out the Pittsburgh Panthers (22-28), earning a 2-0 victory in the final home game of the year to complete the two-game season sweep of its rival.

With the victory, the Mountaineers are riding a four-game winning streak ahead of a weekend series at Texas to cap off the regular season.

Freshman right-hander Isaiah Kearns lasted 5.1 innings in the start, holding Pitt to three hits – the only ones the Panthers would muster – while recording seven strikeouts. He was replaced by Jackson Sigman, who continued his recent success on the mound to finish the deal.

Sigman retired all 10 batters he faced, striking out three and earning his first save of the year in 3.1 innings.

WVU used a two-run sixth inning to take the lead and pull out the win. After Braden Zarbnisky walked to reach first, Kyle Davis would bring him home on an RBI triple off TJ Pagan to make it 1-0 with no outs.

Davis scored the next at-bat against Pagan on Darius Hill’s single, making it 2-0 in favor of the Mountaineers.

Hill, Davis and senior Jackson Cramer – who played his last game at Monongalia County Ballpark – combined for six hits as they each recorded two. Sophomore third baseman Ivan Gonzalez had the other hit, coming on a single in the bottom of the third.

Pittsburgh used six pitchers in comparison to WVU’s two, with only one pitcher  (Chris Gomez) lasting more than 18 pitches. Gomez went three innings, tossing 45 pitches and allowing three of the team’s seven hits.

The Mountaineers close out the regular season starting Friday at Texas and will travel to Kansas City next week to compete in the Big 12 Tournament. The Longhorns sit 1.5 games of fourth place WVU in the conference standings.

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