WILMINGTON, N.C. – The West Virginia baseball team scored eight runs in the first two innings en route to a 9-3 victory over UNC Wilmington on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Field.
West Virginia (12-7) pounded out 10 hits and drew seven walks to tie the series at 1-1 after UNCW won game one on Friday in 10 innings.
Junior second baseman Billy Fleming
and junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
each went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Junior shortstop Taylor Munden
scored two runs with one RBI and senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
drove in two runs to extend his season total to 25.
Munden and Boyd each reached base to begin the game and both scored to give WVU an early 2-0 lead. Munden scored on a ground out to second base by Fleming, while McBroom drove in Boyd with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The WVU offense exploded in the top of the second, sending 11 batters to the plate, and scoring six runs on four hits to bring the lead to 8-0. Three batters were hit by pitches to load the bases for Munden, who drove in a run by drawing his second walk of the game. Boyd, Fleming and McBroom followed with three-consecutive hits to drive in a total of four runs, highlighted by a two-run single up the middle by Boyd. Fleming had an RBI double to left center and McBroom hit an RBI infield single to shortstop.
Junior designated hitter Brad Johnson
drove in his first career run with a bases loaded walk for the ninth Mountaineer run.
Junior right-hander Sean Carley
improved to 4-0 this season, allowing three runs, two earned, on nine hits in six innings. Carley struck out three and walked three.
Senior right-hander Ryan Tezak
picked up his first save of the year, pitching three no-hit innings with three strikeouts.
UNCW starter Jordan Ramsey (0-2) exited early after giving up eight runs, seven earned, on three hits in just 1.1 innings. Ramsey walked two and struck out one.
Robbie Thorburn and Luke Dunlap had two hits apiece for the Seahawks.
The rubber match is set for Sunday with an adjusted game time of 11 a.m. The original game time of 1 p.m. has been moved due to impending weather. A link to live video and stats is available via WVUsports.com.