Baseball: Filauro's Sac Fly Lifts WVU

By Grant Dovey for
May 09, 2012 07:30 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Junior catcher Alan Filauro’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning helped the WVU baseball team edge Akron, 4-3, at Hawley Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The victory gave the Mountaineers the season series win after taking three of the four games throughout the season against the Zips. West Virginia improved to 19-29 with the victory and Akron fell to 17-32.

"The pitchers were throwing well and throwing strikes," coach Greg Van Zant says. "We hit some balls hard right at them and they hit some balls hard right at us. Fortunately we were able to pull it out in the 10th inning."

The game was tied at 3 when freshman second baseman Billy Fleming singled through the left side to lead off the bottom of the 10th. After junior left fielder Chris Rasky walked, sophomore third baseman Nate Antone put down a successful sacrifice bunt to put both runners in scoring position.

Filauro came to the plate and successfully hit a changeup into right field, allowing Fleming to scamper home from third for the winning run.

"I was just trying to get anything going," Fleming says. "We knew we had to bunt and fortunately Rasky got the walk, so we had first and second. Nate put down a good sacrifice bunt and it was a good inning of baseball. I just tried to get a hit or anything to get on base."

Both starters earned a no-decision as WVU sophomore left-hander Zach Bargeron (1-2) lasted 6.2 innings and Akron starter Dan Becks (0-1) went six innings. Each allowed two earned runs while scattering five hits. Bargeron struck out three and walked three, and Becks struck out two and walked two.

Sophomore right-hander Josh Harlow pitched 2.2 innings of relief for Bargeron, letting up one run on three hits, and sophomore right-hander Ryan Tezak took the win in 0.2 of an inning. Sam Trecaso took the loss for Akron in 3.2 innings of relief. Trecaso allowed two runs on three hits with four walks.

Devan Ahart gave the Zips a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run single to right center field.

The Mountaineers tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning on a two-run home run over the center field wall by sophomore designated hitter Matt Frazer. Frazer’s two-out blast drove in freshman center fielder Bobby Boyd, who had previously doubled down the left field line.

Junior shortstop John Polonius gave WVU the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh with an infield single to the right of Akron second baseman Tyler Begun. Sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom alertly was able to score from second on the play.

After an hour rain delay, Akron scored in the top of the ninth followed a leadoff triple by Jared Turocy. Turocy scored as Begun singled to left field.

Frazer went 2-for-2 at the plate with a single and home run, and then was intentionally walked his next three at bats. Frazer finished the season series batting 10-for-13 with five runs, six doubles, two home runs and six RBIs.

Boyd added two hits and a one run for the Mountaineers, while Fleming finished with one hit and one run.

WVU will travel to Georgetown this weekend from May 11-13 for a crucial BIG EAST series at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md. The first two games of the series will begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s finale begins at 1 p.m.

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