MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Marshall Thompson earned the win and Ryan Tezak came in for the save as the sophomore duo combined for a two-hit 2-0 shutout win over Manhattan in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Thompson allowed just two hits over six innings, striking out two. Tezak earned his third-consecutive save by striking out one in a perfect seventh inning.
WVU improved to 9-10 and scored two runs on four hits. The Jaspers fell to 1-13 with two hits and one error.
Chris Rasky drove in his second run of the season in the second inning to give WVU a 1-0 lead. Matt Frazer scored after reaching on an infield single to second base and then advancing on an error and a fielder’s choice by Ryan McBroom.
WVU extended its lead to 2-0 in the next at bat as Nate Antone hit a double to the right center field fence that scored McBroom for an insurance run.
Manhattan was threatening in the fifth inning with a man on third with two outs, but a fantastic play by Brady Wilson at second base ended the inning. The ball was tipped by Thompson and Brady Wilson backhanded the ball in the middle of the infield, throwing off-balance to McBroom at first to get the hitter.
Frazer led the team with two hits and one run, while Antone and Bobby Boyd each recorded one hit apiece.
Mike Giordano pitched a complete game for Manhattan, but fell to 0-3 on the season. Giordano allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.
Ramon Ortega and Kyle Murphy recorded Manhattan’s two hits.