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Cougars thump 'Dogs

May 03, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jefferson continued its recent domination of Martinsburg on the baseball diamond Tuesday night. The footnote to this chapter of the rivalry, though, is the generosity the Bulldogs bestowed upon the Cougars.

No. 1-ranked Jefferson had 14 hits, but Martinsburg's pitching helped the Cougars with 19 free trips to first base - with 12 walks and seven hit batsmen - leading to a 20-5 victory and the home-field advantage in next week's West Virginia sectional tournament.

"It's nice to get the home field. ... That's as much of importance in it as it is to winning," said Jefferson coach John Lowery Jr., who racked up his 955th career win, the 10th straight over Martinsburg and 36th straight over West Virginia opponents.

Martinsburg (21-5) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on starting pitcher Paul Chenowith's home run. The Bulldogs managed a 3-3 after two innings, only because Jefferson left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings.

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Jefferson (24-4) sent 13 batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring eight times on only three hits - a bunt single by Bobby O'Donnell, a two-run double by Westley Jenkins and a two-run single by O'Donnell, who also had a bunt single in the second inning to help trigger Jefferson's three-run burst.

"I thought the bunts in each inning by O'Donnell made a big difference in our approach and kind of fueled us," said Lowery.

Martinsburg walked five Cougars and hit two batters in the decisive inning. Jefferson added another six runs in the fourth, again on only three hits along with two errors, two walks and two hit batsmen. O'Donnell had a run-scoring double and Justin Grantham had a two-run single.

Brian Collins (6-1), working back from a tender quadricep, was the beneficiary from the hill, working four innings with nine strikeouts, but he did allow two home runs and seven hits.

"(The quad) started tightening up in the third inning," said Collins. "I gave (Chenowith) one right in the middle of the plate. Overall, I'm happy we won and we're looking pretty good right now. We just need to work more on defense."

All told in five innings, Jefferson sent 48 batters to the plate. The Cougars had at least nine hitters in every inning except the first.

Jenkins ended with three hits and a pair of walks for a perfect night and scored five runs. O'Donnell had four hits, scored three runs and had three RBI.

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