University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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vs. West Liberty (WV) University - 04/01/12

ATH12_029_VigneroZ_TMountain Cats Suffer 9-7 Loss to West Liberty
     04/01/12... (Box Score) West Liberty (WV) University built an 8-3 lead in the fourth inning and went on to salvage game three of the three-game WVIAC Northern Division series with a 9-7 victory over the Mountain Cats, Sunday afternoon at the Point Stadium.  Kyle Morrow (McVeytown, Pa.) belted a solo homerun, and Zach Vignero (Johnstown, Pa.) drove in three to lead Pitt-Johnstown, now 17-12 overall and 10-4 in conference-play.
     West Liberty loaded the bases with two outs in the first and took advantage of an error by Mountain Cat third baseman Jeff Campbell (Brackenridge, Pa.) to score three unearned runs off of Elliott Chamberlain (Six Mile Run, Pa.).
     Pitt-Johnstown tied it in the second on Vignero's bases-clearing two-out three-run double down the left field line.
     Two more unearned runs in the third inning and run-producing hits by Taylor Snare and Colin Miller, followed by a bases loaded walk by Mountain Cat reliever Kody Reighard (Salix, Pa.) to Michael Bolla in the fourth put the Hilltoppers up 8-3.
     The Mountain Cats got one back in the sixth.  Mike Palkovitz (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on Joe Galbraith's (Brockway, Pa.) single to right field.
    An RBI double by Drew Ebersole (Martinsburg, Pa.) and a single off the left field wall by Josh Adams (Altoona, Pa.) that chased home Ebersole cut it to 8-6 in the seventh.
     The Hilltoppers added an insureance run on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth, before Morrow homered for the Mountain Cats in the bottom of the frame to set the final at 9-7.
     Morrow was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, while Vignero doubled and drove in three for the Mountain Cats.  Ebersole, Adams, and Galbraith also had a had and an RBI each.
     Chamberlain fell to 0-4 after allowing eight runs, but just three earned, on seven hits in 3.2 innings.  Reighard tossed the final 5.1 innings and allowed a run on five hits.
     Snare led the West Liberty 12-hit attack with four hits, an RBI and three runs scored.
     Brandon Polanski picked-up the win on the mound for the Hilltopers to even his record at 1-1.  Polanski surrendered six runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings of work.  Dillon Mangino, in his third appearance of the series, got the final two outs to secure his first save.
     West Liberty improved to 5-15 overall and 3-8 in the WVIAC Northern Division.
     The Mountain Cats travel to Glenville State (WV) College for a conference doubleheader on Tuesday and to Seton Hill University for a three-game WVIAC series on Friday and Saturday, before hosting the University of Charleston (WV) for a pair of games on Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. at the Point Stadium.