MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior Dan Dierdorff allowed just one run in 8.2 innings to lead the WVU baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday afternoon at Hawley Field.
“That’s how he’s pitched all year,” coach Greg Van Zant says. “He’s a really smart pitcher; he competes, throws three pitches for strikes and gives you a chance to win. Being able to win a nine-inning game and only scoring two runs says a lot about your starting pitcher.”
Dierdorff improved to 3-0 on the season and allowed one run on nine hits to bring his season earned-run average to 2.42. With five strikeouts during the game, Dierdorff now shows a team-best 27 punch outs in 26 innings pitched in 2012.
“Each outing is a new one and I just try to go out with the same approach each time,” Dierdorff says. “I just want to pound the strike zone and let the fielders do the work. They make plays out there and Bobby Boyd and Chris Rasky did a great job.”
Sophomore Ryan Tezak came on with two outs in the top of ninth and struck out Bo Kinder looking for his first save of the season.
With the win, the Mountaineers (7-10) end a five-game losing streak, scoring two runs on five hits, while the Eagles (3-12) recorded nine hits for one run with an error.
WVU took the lead in the sixth inning after junior Brady Wilson scored on a balk to tie the game, and freshman Bobby Boyd scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by junior Gabe Brown to go ahead 2-1.
Eastern Michigan scored its lone run of the game in the second inning off a Dierdorff balk that scored Tucker Rubino from third base. Rubino had reached on an error and had advanced to third on a Jamie Simpson double.
The visitors used five different pitchers with Paul Schaak taking the loss in relief. Closer Neil Butara started the game, pitching just one inning and giving up one hit. Neil Lavoie took the mound in the second inning and worked two frames, allowing one hit. Schaak then pitched the next 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on two hits. Jordan Glover and Jeffrey Rousseau combined to pitch the bottom of the eighth and allowed one hit.
Wilson and redshirt sophomore Matt Frazer each had two hits for WVU. Wilson also scored a run and drew a walk.
Simpson led the Eagles with a double as he went 3-for-4 at the plate.
The Mountaineers will now head into a four-game weekend series against Manhattan at Hawley Field from March 16-18. Friday’s game will begin at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday and the series finale at noon on Sunday.