MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Freshman righty Brock Dykxhoorn
earned his first career victory, while the Mountaineer offensive attack hit three home runs to lead the WVU baseball team to an 11-2 victory over New Orleans on Thursday afternoon at Hawley Field.
Dykxhoorn (1-0) earned the win in his first career start, holding the Privateers to one run on three hits in 6.0 innings. He struck out two and did not allow a walk.
Right-handers Corey Holmes
and Jared Hill
combined to pitch the final 3.0 innings of relief, scattering one run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
The Mountaineers (12-13) pounded out 10 hits, led by two apiece from senior right fielder Brady Wilson
and junior left fielder Jacob Rice
. New Orleans finished with six hits and each team committed one error.
Junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland
continued his torrid hitting pace with a grand slam home run over the left center field wall in the bottom of the first to give WVU a 4-0 lead. Wilson and Rice each singled and a walk to junior designated hitter Matt Frazer
loaded the bases for Tuntland.
The first four batters reached base to begin the bottom of the second as WVU extended its lead to 8-1. Wilson, Rice and sophomore second baseman Justin Fox
all drove in one run in the frame, and sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd
scored on a wild pitch.
Frazer and senior catcher Alan Filauro
each tacked on a run with solo home runs. Frazer hit a mammoth shot over the right field fence for his team-leading sixth of the season in the fourth inning, while Filauro’s first of his career went over the left field wall in the seventh inning.
Senior right fielder Chris Rasky
drove in a run in the fifth inning with a deep fly out to the warning track in right field, playing junior shortstop Michael Constantini
New Orleans righty Seth Laigast (0-1) took the loss, allowing 10 runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings. He struck out one and walked six.
Zacary Hawkins had two hits with one run to lead the Privateers at the plate.
The teams return to Hawley Field tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Links to live stats and a radio broadcast are available at WVUsports.com. Sophomore lefty Harrison Musgrave
will start for the Mountaineers and will be opposed by right-hander Alex Smith.