NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The West Virginia baseball team and Cal State Northridge combined for 25 runs and 36 hits in a 14-11 WVU win on Saturday afternoon at Matador Field.
West Virginia (10-6) won the series 2-1, marking the third-straight weekend series win for the Mountaineers. Both team registered 18 hits and the Matadors committed three errors.
“It’s been a long trip for these kids,” coach Randy Mazey says. “It seems like we’ve been out here for a month, so it’ll be good to get back home and sleep in our own beds and get back to familiar surroundings.”
Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
finished the game 4-for-6 with one home run, one double, one run and five RBIs. Junior second baseman Billy Fleming
went 3-for-5 with three runs and freshman right fielder Shaun Wood
went 3-for-5 with one home run, one double, one run and three RBIs.
“It’s nice to win a game when you don’t get starting pitching. We’ve been getting great starting pitching and you always wonder if the starter can’t go seven innings are you going to be able to win. It’s nice to know we can get into an offensive fight and still win the game.”
Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
scored the first run of the game in the top of the first, scoring from second base on a double down the left field line by McBroom.
After CSUN tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, Wood blasted a two-run home run over the right field fence to put WVU ahead 3-1.
The Matadors took the lead at 5-3 in the bottom of the second, but the Mountaineers tied the game with two runs in the top of the third. McBroom knocked in Boyd for the second time, and junior catcher Cam O’Brien hit a sacrifice fly that plated Fleming.
Four runs on five hits in the top of the fourth inning extended the Mountaineer lead to 9-5. Junior shortstop Taylor Munden
drove in junior designated hitter Max Nogay
with a double down the left field line. Munden then scored on a wild pitch, while McBroom drove in Boyd with a single to shortstop and senior left fielder Jacob Rice
hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Fleming.
Cal State Northridge cut the lead to 9-7 with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but Boyd scored his third run of the game to give WVU a 10-7 edge in the top of the sixth on a single to center field by Rice.
The Matadors again cut down the WVU lead at 10-9 in the bottom of the sixth, but a two-run home run by McBroom in the top of the eighth put the Mountaineers ahead 12-9. McBroom’s homer was his fifth of the season and his fourth hit of the day. He also drove in his fourth and fifth RBIs of the afternoon. Rice then scored his first run on a wild pitch and a throwing error by the catcher.
Despite allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings, junior right-hander Sean Carley
(3-0) picked up his third win of the season. Carley struck out two and walked three. Senior right-hander Pascal Paul
pitched 2.2 innings of strong relief. Paul let up one run on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
Cal State Northridge starter Jordan Johnson (2-2) was chased after just 3.1 innings, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits with one strikeout and two walks. The Matadors used five relievers to complete the game.
Chester Pak went 4-for-6 for the Matadors with a home run, two runs and three RBIs. Ryan Raslowsky and Nick Blaser added three RBIs apiece.
West Virginia will travel to Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va., to take on Marshall on Tuesday, March 18. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. A link to live audio and stats is available via WVUsports.com.