Tuesday March 31,st was a beautiful day in Morgantown, West Virginia. 65 degress with the sun shining; not a clous in the sky.
Walking around the quaint campus of WVU was very pleasant as everyone was in their shorts and shades taking in a perfect outdoors day.
Now personally I am waiting on pins and needle for opening day next week. Although the Bucs open up on the road I am still pumped to turn to FSN Pittsburgh at 4:00 pm for the first game of the season. But with such a beautiful day out there I needed some live baseball.
At 4 o’clock yesterday the WVU baseball team was in action against Duquesne. The Dukes made the trip down I-79 in a scaled dow version of the “backyard brawl” it was a great game.
As the baseball beat writer for the WVU student newspaper “Daily Athenaeum” I had to be in attendance, taking notes on the game and getting post game interviews with the players. I really don’t even consider it a job because it is just an amzaing feeling to be around my favorite sport, especially on such a beautiful day.
So me and a few buddies sat in the uncomfortable metal bleachers, chewing and spitting sunflower seeds watching some Division one NCAA baseball.
My media privelages allow me to sit in the press box but I chose to sit out amongst the fans and enjoy the old fashioned baseball game.
As part of my old fashioned as chose to keep score.
Remember this? It’s a lost art of the game. It’s very fun and allows you to pay attention to the game with great interest. Some of my friends don’t understand the game of baseball and claim that its just too boring. Keeping score gives you a better appreciation of the game. It’s cool to see what the players have done throughout the course of the game. It allows the casual fan of the game to become a scout in their own right.
But back to the WVU game. The Mountaineers took the game 7-5. It was a lot closer than it needed to be. Costly errors by West Virginia in fifth inning allowed the Dukes to score three runs.
West Virginia has opened a lot of eyes this season. The Mountaineers earned their 19th win on Tuesday and sit atop the Big East Conference standings with a league record of 5-1.
Chris Enourato, pictured on the left, is the team’s closer and is automatic in save situations. Enourato faced six Duquesne batters and struck out four in yesterdays game. He holds the WVU record for career saves with 15 and he will keep adding on to that total as the season progresses.
Enourato is just a junior but has a legitimate shot at making a big league draft spot.
Shortstop Jedd Gyorko is a natural hitter with a smooth swing. He has been a sprkplug for the Mountaineers all season. On Tuesday he went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Every player has an off day and Gyorko will look to shake off the funk in today’s game against Ohio University.
Today (Wednesday) has been a polar opposite from yesterday. It’s still warm but the storm clouds have moved in over the University city. The tarp is out on the field but it is unlikely the Mountaineers will play in their game schduled for 5pm.
The Mountaineers are on pace for a very exciting second half of the season. They’ll be fighting for the Big East Championship and the right to earn a spot in the College World Series in Omaha.
With all the talk of the Mountaineers its easy to forget that the big day is just 5 days away.
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scorecard pic was found on alexreisner.com and was taken from an Angles-Red Sox game