MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The West Virginia University baseball team improved its record to 4-5 on Saturday morning with a 4-0 victory over UMBC at TicketReturn.com Field in the Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach tournament.
Sophomore left-hander John Means fired 7.0 shutout innings to earn his second win of the season, allowing three hits with five strikeouts. Junior right-hander Corey Holmes pitched two innings of no-hit relief, striking out two and walking one.
“He was unbelievable,” coach Randy Mazey says. “Anytime you throw a shutout you know you’re not going to lose the game. He went out and mixed two pitches, he didn’t have his breaking ball today. His fastball and changeup were really good and early in the season you’re trying to find those guys that can pitch on the weekends in conference play. He’s earning some more time every start.”
Three of WVU's four runs came with two outs and the offense was paced by junior designated hitter, who secured a multi-hit game with two RBIs and one run. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd recorded one hit, two runs, one walk and one stolen base in the leadoff spot.
“This is probably one of the worst offensive days we have had, but we managed to win the game and put together some hits at the right time,” Mazey says. “It’s hard as an offense to grind it out and get 12 hits every game, so it’s nice when you don’t do that and the pitching staff does well.”
WVU notched a first-inning run for the fifth time this season as Boyd scored the eventual game-winning run on a two-out sacrifice fly by Frazer, putting the Mountaineers ahead 1-0.
An error by UMBC in the fourth inning proved to be costly as Frazer scored on single through the left side by sophomore third baseman Taylor Munden.
Back-to-back hits in the fifth inning brought WVU’s lead to 4-0 as junior left fielder Jacob Rice smacked a double into the left center field gap, scoring Boyd, and Frazer singled to left field to score Rice from second base.
Bobby Applegate took the loss for UMBC, allowing three earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Ian Glassman, Jason Allinder and Manny Colon each recorded one hit apiece for the Retrievers.
WVU will close out tournament action tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. against Florida Atlantic. Live stats will be available at WVUsports.com.