RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior catcher Alan Filauro
(4-for-6) and junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland
(4-for-6) paced the offense on Tuesday as the WVU baseball team defeated Eastern Kentucky, 16-9, at Turkey Hughes Field.
The win bumped WVU’s record to 11-13 on the season while Eastern Kentucky dropped to 5-15. The win also gave the Mountaineers a sweep of the season series after winning 2-1 in Morgantown in early March.
WVU recorded 16 hits, the 14th time it has recorded 10 or more hits in a game this season, while the Colonels finished with nine hits. Every starting player recorded at least one hit for WVU, eight scored at least one run and six drove in at least one run.
Junior right-hander Ryan Tezak
(1-0) recorded his first win of the season, pitching 4.2 innings of relief with three strikeouts. Tezak allowed two earned runs on four hits. Sophomore righty Tad Dipzinski
earned a no-decision in his first career start, allowed three runs on two hits in 2.1 innings.
The offense provided run support right out of the gate as sophomore designated hitter Justin Fox
and Filauro each knocked RBIs singles in the second to give WVU an early 2-0 lead.
The third frame saw four more runs from the Mountaineers, including another run driven in by both Fox and Filauro. WVU plated two in the fourth on a bases loaded double to left field by junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
, extending the lead to 8-3.
WVU sent 10 batters to the plate in the eighth inning, scoring five runs to bring the advantage to 14-6. The frame was highlighted by a two-run single to right field by Filauro, while a Tuntland double to left center also drove in one run.
Filauro and Tuntland each tied career highs with four hits apiece. Filauro score one run and drove in four runs, while Tuntland notched two doubles with four runs scored and two driven in. Fox finished with one hit, two runs and three RBIs.
Junior designated hitter Matt Frazer
ended the scoring for WVU with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning, his team-leading fifth of the season. Frazer, along with McBroom, scored two runs and drove in two runs.
Shaun Ball led EKU with a two-hit outing, including a three-run homer in the third inning. Kenny Hostrander and John Wilson added two hits apiece with Hostrander scoring three times and Wilson driving in three runs.
Starter Cameron Langels took the loss for the Colonels, allowing six runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of action.
WVU is back in action this weekend to start a five-game homestand at Hawley Field with a four-game series against New Orleans. The games on Thursday and Friday begin at 3 p.m., while Saturday’s game begins at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is set for a 1 p.m. start.