By GARY FAUBER
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Hitting .200 and with 25 strikeouts in 105 at-bats, 2013 hasn't been the greatest of senior seasons for Alfredo Brito.
Things picked up in a big way Tuesday.
Brito's two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning highlighted Marshall's three-run rally, and the Thundering Herd earned bragging rights with a 6-5 win over West Virginia at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
Marshall (20-31) earned a series win over the Mountaineers, taking two of three from its in-state rival. When the teams met March 19 in Charleston - an 8-0 Marshall win - it was the first time they played since a Myrtle Beach tournament in 2008, and the first within state borders since 1998.
The Mountaineers' 10-2 win April 2 in Morgantown set up the rubber game, which was witnessed by a series-high crowd of 2,103.
Brito, perhaps the unlikeliest of sources, made it a happy night for Herd fans.
Trailing 5-3 in the seventh, Marshall loaded the bases when Andrew Dundon hit a leadoff double, Gray Stafford walked and Isaac Ballou laced a single just over the head of WVU shortstop Michael Constantini. A sacrifice fly to left field by Nathan Gomez scored Dundon to make it 5-4.
Eric Escobedo struck out looking for the second out, but Stafford and Ballou both moved up on stolen bases.
That's when Brito delivered, sending a 2-1 pitch from reliever Josh Harlow to the gap in right center for the tying and go-ahead runs.
"He got it in there enough where I thought I had it," said Brito, who pumped his fists after pulling into second.
"It was just a big hit in a big moment. It felt great, especially after struggling the way I have been this year. It's all about just staying with it. It's been hard, but (the hit) felt great."
Marshall Coach Jeff Waggoner said Brito has fought through the difficulties of the season.
"Alfredo struggled early in the season but he stayed mentally locked in and he believes in himself," Waggoner said. "He's been a great hitter since he has been here. I knew he would come along. He's taking better swings. I'm glad it happened for him — a senior that has been here five years. And what a big-time hit that was. That was a great at-bat. Couldn't happen to a better kid."