Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

YELLOW JACKETS TAKE TWO FROM GOLDEN EAGLES ; State Rips Rival UC; Falbo, Porter Shine as WVSU Punctuates Regular Season with Doubleheader Win

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

YELLOW JACKETS TAKE TWO FROM GOLDEN EAGLES ; State Rips Rival UC; Falbo, Porter Shine as WVSU Punctuates Regular Season with Doubleheader Win

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Senior day can be a special moment for an athlete and that certainly was the case for West Virginia State baseball standouts Josh Falbo and Trent Porter. Falbo, a former Hurricane standout, did not allow a hit through six innings in leading State to a 8-2 victory over rival University of Charleston on Sunday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Cal Bailey Field in Institute.

Porter hit a pair of two-run home runs as the Yellow Jackets completed the sweep with a 9-2 win in the second game.

With the wins, State improves to 29-13 overall and 24-8 in the Mountain East Conference. The Yellow Jackets are the South Division champions and will start play in the Mountain East Conference tournament on Thursday at Epling Stadium in Beckley.

"Those guys have won a lot of ball games and been involved in a lot of big games, State coach Sean Loyd said. "They know how to act and when the moment gets big how to make pitches or have big at- bats. It's a good group of kids that we are going to miss.

State was three outs away from the no-hitter in the first game when UC's Jeff Somuk broke it up in the seventh inning on a bunt single to lead off the frame against Yellow Jackets senior relief pitcher Curtis Johnson.

Falbo pitched six innings, allowing one earned run, striking out seven and walking five.

"I would have liked to have seen us throw the no-hitter but the most important thing is how the team did, said Loyd, who was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the third inning.

"He has had a transition being a short reliever to a starter. The mentality is a lot different but he has responded well and improved throughout the year.

Falbo was proud of his effort against the rival Golden Eagles.

"I was glad to send the seniors out on a game like this, Falbo said. "I felt great the whole time I was out there. …

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