WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The West Virginia University baseball team strung together four runs in the bottom of the first inning to defeat Youngstown State 7-3 on Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
WVU left-hander John Means
fired 5.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out three to earn his first win as a Mountaineer. Reliever Corey Holmes
picked up his first save at WVU, pitching 2.0 innings of one-hit baseball.
Youngstown State starter Patrick O’Brien was charged with the loss. The right-hander was solid after allowing four hits in the first inning. O’Brien gave up four earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
WVU first baseman Ryan McBroom
highlighted the afternoon with a three-run home run in the first inning to deep left center field. The homer gave WVU an early 4-0 advantage and it was the first of the season for the Mountaineers.
Prior to the home run, designated hitter Matt Frazer
drove in second baseman Billy Fleming
on an infield single to the shortstop, putting WVU ahead 1-0.
After the Penguins cut the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fifth, center fielder Bobby Boyd
made it 5-1, scoring on a throwing error by the catcher after WVU executed a double steal.
Another error proved costly for Youngstown State in the sixth inning as third baseman Ryan Tuntland
scored from second base on a throwing error. WVU added an insurance run to make it 7-3 in the eighth inning after an RBI single to center field by right fielder Brady Wilson
Frazer, Wilson and left fielder Jacob Rice
each had two hits for the Mountaineers. Seven different players crossed the plate and for the fourth-consecutive game WVU recorded at least 10 hits.
WVU will now play Wake Forest this afternoon at 4 p.m. Links to live stats and a video stream is available via WVUsports.com.