CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team capitalized on multiple mistakes by Morehead State to win 13-5 on Tuesday evening at Appalachian Power Park.
The Mountaineers improved to 21-17 overall with 13 runs on eight hits and two errors. Morehead State (9-28) scored five runs on nine hits with five errors.
Junior left fielder Jacob Rice
led WVU offensively with two hits and three runs, while junior designated hitter Matt Frazer
and sophomore third baseman Justin Fox
each had one hit, two runs and two RBIs.
WVU put up a four-spot in the bottom of the second inning with the first six batters of the inning reaching base safely. Frazer and sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming
each drove in one run apiece on a double and single, respectively.
Sophomore shortstop Taylor Munden
drove in a run and then scored a run to make it 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Munden doubled to left center field, scoring Fox from first, and then scored on a Morehead State error.
Frazer notched his second RBI of the game in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 7-0 with a sacrifice fly to left field. Frazer scored Rice, who led the inning off with a single to center field.
Morehead State miscues allowed sophomore third baseman Justin Fox
and senior outfielder Chris Rasky
to score in the sixth inning to give WVU a 9-1 lead.
Fox put WVU up six runs at 11-5 with a two-run squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh. Frazer scored from third base and sophomore catcher Max Nogay
from second base on the bunt down the first base line.
Junior pinch hitter Michael Constantini
added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on a double to right center field to bring the game to 13-5.
Neither starting pitcher had much control with WVU freshman right-hander Brock Dykxhoorn
(2-0) going two innings, allowing no runs on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Morehead State starter Tyler Keele (2-5) allowed four runs on two hits in one inning with one walk.
Junior righty Ryan Tezak
(3-0) picked up the win with two effective innings of no-hit relief. Tezak walked one and struck out two.
The Mountaineers return to action this weekend against Big 12 foe Texas at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas. Friday’s opener will begin at 8 p.m., Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will be at 1 p.m.
All three games will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network, while the games can be heard on the affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network with the Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.