MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The offense had 16 hits and sophomore left-hander Ross Vance
struck out six as the WVU baseball team routed Maryland, 14-2, on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.
Eight different Mountaineer batters scored at least one run and seven had multi-hit games as WVU improved to 20-16 overall. Maryland dropped to 24-15, finishing with seven hits.
“Offense is contagious and when one guy sees another guy get his swing off and drive the ball, it filters its way through the dugout,” coach Randy Mazey says. “Everybody is going up right now with the intention of getting their swing off and getting a good pitch to hit. That’s been our hitting philosophy all along, it’s just now starting to come to fruition.”
After striking out 14 against Ohio State last Tuesday, Vance (2-0) would again be stellar, going six innings and allowing one run on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Senior right-hander Pascal Paul
pitched two innings of relief and senior left-hander Joby Lapkowicz
pitched the ninth inning.
West Virginia finished with nine extra-base hits, led by two doubles apiece from junior shortstop Taylor Munden
and senior third baseman Michael Constantini
. Junior center field Bobby Boyd
had one home run, one triple, four RBIs and two runs. Constantini finished 3-for-4 with three runs and one RBI. Junior right fielder Brad Johnson
continued his hot hitting with two hits and three RBIs.
The Mountaineers would strike first in the bottom of the second when Johnson smashed a double off of the left center field wall, scoring senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
, who led off with walk.
Johnson made the score 3-0 in the fourth inning with a two-run single up the middle, scoring McBroom and senior left fielder Jacob Rice
. McBroom doubled to lead off the inning and Rice reached base by way of an infield single.
Boyd extended the lead to 6-0 as part of a five-run fifth inning. Boyd hit a three-run home run with no outs, his first of this season and third of his career. Rice then drove in junior second baseman Billy Fleming
with a single through the left side, to make it 7-0. Junior catch Cam O’Brien knocked in the final run of the inning with a single to center field.
Maryland would get its first run of the game in the sixth when shortstop Blake Schmit would hit a double into left center, scoring center fielder Charlie White. The Terrapins would go on to load the bases with two outs but, Vance would induce a fly out to get out of the jam.
Three extra-base hits in the bottom of the sixth extended the Mountaineer lead to 11-1 with RBIs by Munden, Boyd and Rice. Constantini had a double, followed by a Munden double and a Boyd triple.
WVU registered another three-run inning in the seventh inning, making it 14-1. O’Brien laced an RBI double to right center, Constantini hit an RBI double down the left field line and Fleming singled to center field to drive in a run.
Maryland left-hander Tayler Stiles (2-2) would get his second start of the season for the Terrapins, taking the loss. Stiles went four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Schmit led Maryland at the plate, batting 2-for-3 with an RBI double. Catcher Kevin Martir had a ninth-inning solo home run to bring the score to 14-2.
The Mountaineers will continue their home stand on Wednesday night against Marshall. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. A link to the video stream and live stats will be available on WVUsports.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.