Baseball: Hitting Attack Defeats Zips


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
March 20, 2012 07:54 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia baseball team set season highs in runs scored and hits as it defeated Akron 12-7 to split a doubleheader on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

Five different hitters recorded at least two hits and four batters recorded multiple RBIs in the victory. Left fielder Matt Frazer led all players with four hits, two runs, one RBI and one walk. Frazer also had three doubles, one each in right field, center field and left field.

Shortstop John Polonius and center fielder Bobby Boyd each homered in the game as well, Polonius a three-run shot to left field and Boyd a two-run homer to right field.

WVU finished with 15 hits to drive in 12 runs, including three three-run innings, while Akron had seven runs on 14 hits. The Zips made three errors, compared to WVU’s two.

Akron took a 2-0 lead after two innings off WVU starter Caleb Ross, who allowed two runs on five hits in four innings. Josh Harlow earned his first win of the season, pitching four innings in relief of Ross, allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.

Polonius hit his second home run of the season in the third inning to give WVU the go-ahead 3-2 lead as a walk to catcher Alan Filauro and a fielder’s choice by Boyd put runners on the corners for Polonius.

WVU broke the game open with a 9-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth by scoring three runs on three hits and capitalizing on an Akron error. Filauro began the inning with a double to deep center field, followed by a perfect bunt down the third base line by right fielder Brady Wilson to put runners on the corners. Boyd then singled to center to drive in Filauro, with the center field bobbling the ball, allowing Wilson to advance to third and Boyd to second on the error. Back-to-back hit by pitches to Polonius and first baseman Ryan McBroom loaded the bases and scored Wilson, while a Frazer walk plated Boyd to end the scoring.

Akron starter Matt Gebacz took the loss for the Zips. Gebacz lasted 3.1 innings and gave up four runs on three hits. In total the Zips used six pitchers, only one lasting more than two innings pitched.

Darius Washington led the Zips offense, batting 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Tyler Begun, Sam Watkins and Dan Burant all had two hits for Akron.

WVU and Akron will play two more games this season with a game in Canton, Ohio, on April 17 and the series finale on May 9 in Morgantown.

The Mountaineers open conference play this weekend against Connecticut at Hawley Field from March 23-25. Friday night’s series opener will start at 5 p.m. Mountaineer fans can pick up the 2012 baseball schedule poster featuring West Virginians; Harlow, Frazer, Corey Walter and coach Greg Van Zant as the game is Poster Night. The game also serves as the first of five Dollar Nights, where all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas are available for purchase for just one dollar.



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