SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A two-run, two out 10th-inning double by freshman Ryan McBroom led the West Virginia University baseball team to a 6-4 victory over Notre Dame on Friday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind.
“This was a great win for our team and a great hit from Ryan McBroom to win the game,” coach Greg Van Zant said. “Marshall Thompson and Ryan Tezak both pitched with a lot of heart for us today as well.”
The 10th inning rally began with designated hitter Jeremy Gum reaching on a fielder’s choice to shortstop with two outs. Leftfielder Chris Rasky then singled to right, advancing Gum to second. McBroom followed with a line shot down the left field line into the corner. The Notre Dame left fielder had trouble picking up the ball, allowing Gum and Rasky to score.
Freshman Ryan Tezak (2-0) took the win in 3.2 innings of relief. Tezak allowed one hit and struck out four. Redshirt freshman lefty Marshall Thompson earned a no decision with 6.1 innings pitched, allowing three earned runs on eight hits.
Anthony McIver (1-4) took the loss in 2.2 innings of relief, allowing two runs on one hit. Starter Brian Dupra allowed four earned runs on eight hits in seven innings.
West Virginia (21-14, 7-3) was able to score six runs on 10 hits with two errors, while Notre Dame (13-17-1, 4-6) accumulated four runs on nine hits with three errors.
Third baseman Justin McDavid, shortstop Grant Buckner and Rasky finished with two hits each to lead the Mountaineers. Frank Desico, Eric Jagielo and Trey Mancini each had two hits in the Irish loss. Desico finished with two runs scored.
The Mountaineers got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Wilson drew an opening walk, and two outs later, Buckner hit a popup that was lost in the wind, allowing Wilson to score. Buckner then advanced two bases on a passed ball, and was driven in on Gum's double. Gum added the final run of the inning on a single up the middle by first baseman T.J. Kuban.
Notre Dame scored one run in the second and third innings, before tying the game at 3-3 in the bottom of fifth. After Alex Robinson struck out to begin the inning, Desico reached on an error by Kuban. Greg Sherry then singled, followed by a walk to Jagielo to load the bases. After Thompson got Mancini to line out to third, he walked Herman Petzold to plate Desico.
West Virginia added a run in the sixth inning to take a 4-3 lead. Catcher Matt Malloy hit a triple to left center with the oufield playing shallow, and then centerfielder Mark Dvoroznak drove in Malloy with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Notre Dame tied it again at 4-4 in the bottom half of the inning. Mick Doyle started the inning with an infield and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Hudson. Doyle scored on a single from Desico through the left side.
Mancini nearly ended the game with a two outs in the bottom of ninth. He came to the plate and blasted a full-count pitch to left center, hitting the wall for a double. Petzold was then intentionally walked to put men on first and second. But Tezak was able to force Matt Grosso to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
West Virginia and Notre Dame will be back in action for game two on ESPNU with first pitch at 7:03 p.m. The game will also be broadcasted by WAJR and MSNsportsNET.com.