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May 6, 2013
Staff and wire reports , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WVU baseball tied for first

CHARLESTON - The WVU baseball team won its third-consecutive Big 12 series with a 9-6 victory against No. 10 Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon at in front of 1,843 fans at Appalachian Power Park.

WVU, which won two of three games in the eries, improved to 29-20 overall and 11-7 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma fell to 34-14 overall, 11-7 in the league. The win gives WVU a tie for first place in the conference standings.

Oklahoma held the hitting advantage at 16-11, but committed four costly errors to WVU's one. Senior right fielder Brady Wilson, junior left fielder Jacob Rice, junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland and junior first baseman Ryan McBroom each had two hits for the Mountaineers. McBroom also finished with five RBI and one run.

Junior right-hander Corey Walter, a Wheeling Park graduate, picked up his first save of the season with a perfect 1.1 innings to finish the game.

Soccer ref dies after punch

MURRAY, Utah - Ricardo Portillo's daughters had begged him to stop refereeing in a Hispanic soccer league because of the growing risk of violence from angry players.

Now they're faced with planning his funeral after he succumbed to injuries late Saturday that had put him in a coma for a week since a 17-year-old goalie punched him in the head.

Authorities say the teen punched Portillo after the youth was called for a foul and issued a yellow card.

"The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call," Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal in a press release.

Portillo suffered swelling in his brain and had been listed in critical condition, Dr. Shawn Smith said Thursday at the Intermountain Medical Center in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray.

Rookie Ernst wins in playoff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A week like no other at Quail Hollow held one final surprise Sunday when 22-year-old rookie Derek Ernst birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff, and then won the Wells Fargo Championship on the first extra hole against David Lynn of England.

Ernst was playing only his ninth PGA Tour event. He was the fourth alternate at the start of the week. He was No. 1,207 in the world ranking. None of that mattered when he choked up on a 6-iron from 192 yards and drilled his shot into 4 feet.

He made one of only four birdies on the 18th in the final round, and this was the most important. It gave him a 2-under 70 and put him in a playoff with Lynn, who also shot 70.

Phil Mickelson, who had a one-shot lead with three holes to play, made bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, and he narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have allowed him to join the playoff. He had a 73 and finished third.

 
 

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