March 20, 1999
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
MORGANTOWN, W.V. - Sophomore righthander Aaron Heilman and junior
lefthander Tim Kalita turned in strong outings and six Irish players drove
in runs as visiting Notre Dame swept a doubleheader from West Virginia, 4-1
and 6-4, in the BIG EAST Conference openers for both teams Saturday at
Notre Dame (11-6) pushed its winning streak to seven games while
playing error-free ball in the two games. West Virginia (6-9) also made no
errors in the doubleheader but could not manufacture enough runs versus the
Irish pitching staff.
The Irish now lead the all-time series with
WVU 17-9, including 8-6 since both teams joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96.
Notre Dame has won seven of its last eight games against the Mountaineers.
Saturday's games added to the tight ND-WVU rivalry that has seen
just one blowout victory in the last 14 games while producing three one-run
games, six two-run games and four three-run games between the teams.
Nine different Irish players collected hits in the doubleheader,
highlighted by the eighth home run of the season from junior All-America
shortstop Brant Ust.
Heilman (3-1) tossed a complete game in the seven-inning opener,
facing just four batters over the minimum while recording nine strikeouts,
12 groundouts, no walks and three hits allowed.
Kalita (2-1) weathered a rocky first and seventh inning to help
complete the sweep. He allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over
eight innings while equaling his career high for the second straight outing
with 10 strikeouts.
WVU senior lefthander Lewis Ross (1-1) took the first-game loss,
allowing four earned runs on nine hits and three walks over the full seven
innings, with four Ks. Senior righthander Jeremy Cummings (7.1 IP, 5 R, 7
H, 3 BB, 5 K) dropped to 0-4 in the nightcap before giving way to a parade
of five relievers.
Junior righthander John Corbin came on for his third save of the
season, allowing one hit in the ninth while notching a pair of strikeouts.
Notre Dame opened the day by manufacturing a run after a bunt
single to the right side by freshman centerfielder Steve Stanley, a
groundout by freshman third baseman Andrew Bushey, a clean steal of third
base by Stanley and a run-scoring groundout by sophomore second baseman
WVU then tied the game behind singles by Nate Reeser and Travis
Pittman and Lance Williams' fielders choice. But Heilman allowed just two
baserunners the rest of the way, one coming in the third when freshman
catcher Paul O'Toole let a third strike get away and the second coming on
Pittman's sixth-inning double.
The Irish tacked on single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh
innings. O'Toole hit a leadoff single in the fifth and stole second before
scoring when Stanley sent a 3-0 pitch up the middle. Notre Dame's sixth
inning include Bushey's leadoff, opposite-field single to left, Porzel's
double down the leftfield line, an intentional walk to Ust and junior DH
Matt Nussbaum's sacrifice fly.
The final Irish run came after another leadoff single by O'Toole, a
sacrifice bunt by sophomore leftfielder Ben Cooke, a stolen base, walks by
junior rightfielder Jeff Perconte and Stanley (intentional) and another
single to left by Bushey.
Porzel drew a full-count walk in the first inning of the nightcap
before Ust sent a 1-2 pitch over the fence in left-center field. WVU
rallied with two outs for a run in the bottom of the inning before the
Irish stretched to a 5-1 lead with three runs in the third. Stanley led off
with a full-count walk and Bushey stroked a two-strike single to right
before Porzel delivered an RBI groundout, with Todd Brock making a great
diving play at third base to save a sure double.
Cummings then issued Ust an intentional walk and junior first
baseman Jeff Felker sent a two-strike single to left-center, with
centerfielder Matt McGee nailing Bushey at the plate. Nussbaum capped the
crucial inning with a two-run shot up the middle.
WVU made things interesting in the seventh inning, when Reeser
blasted a 1-0 fastball from Kalita over the fence in left-center field.
The Irish added an insurance run in the ninth inning, with Perconte
turning in an impressive RBI single through the right side after fouling
off three two-strike pitches.
NOTES: Porzel's 11-game hitting streak ended in the second games
... the Irish have made just two errors in the last six games ... Ust now
has 37 career home runs, tying Mike Amrhein and Frank Jacobs for second
all-time at Notre Dame (current senior Jeff Wagner holds the record, with
NOTRE DAME 1-0-0 0-1-1 1 4 9 0
WEST VIRGINIA 1-0-0 0-0-0 0 1 3 0
Heilman and O'Toole. Ross and Neff.
NOTRE DAME 2-0-3 0-0-0 0-0-1 6 8 0
WEST VIRGINIA 1-0-0 0-0-0 3-0-0 4 8 0
Kalita, Corbin (9) and O'Toole. Cummings, Moore (8), Cisneros (8), Kirkland (9), Hendren (9), Smith (9) and Neff, Smith (8).