MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A two-run home run by designated hitter Matt Frazer
led the WVU baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Eastern Kentucky in the home opener on Tuesday afternoon at Hawley Field.
“What we’re trying to teach these guys is not to get caught up in results. If you just worry about the process, then the results will come,” coach Randy Mazey says. “We won the game and things haven’t been going our way lately as far as close games and the ball bouncing our way. We made big pitches at the end of the game and fortunately we got a win.”
Following an Eastern Kentucky pitching change in the bottom half of the third, Frazer knocked a two-run two-out home run to dead center field for the only two WVU runs of the game. The home run was his first of the year and scored second baseman Billy Fleming
, who singled earlier in the frame.
Left-hander Zach Bargeron
took the mound for the Mountaineers in his fourth appearance and first start of the season. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and lasted 4.2 innings. Bargeron let up one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Right-hander Ryan Hostrander
earned the first win of his career in relief of Bargeron, allowing two hits in 1.1 innings. Right-hander Ryan Tezak
took the mound in the seventh and pitched into the ninth inning, give way to righty Pascal Paul
. Despite hitting the first batter he faced, Paul earned his second save of the season.
Third baseman Ryan Tuntland
led the Mountaineers with three hits, including a triple. Center fielder Bobby Boyd
extended his hit streak to 21 games with a two-hit performance.
Eastern Kentucky tallied their lone run in the fifth inning off a single by Doug Teegarden. Teegarden finished his afternoon 2-for-2 after pinch hitting in the fifth inning.
Colonel reliever Chris Cervantes took the loss in 3.1 innings of work, allowing one earned run on three hits. Starter Brent Cobb lasted 2.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits.
With the win the Mountaineers are now 8-3 all-time against the Colonels.
West Virginia returns south this weekend with the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Mountaineers will take on Bowling Green (March 7), Central Michigan (March 8), Maine (March 9) and Iowa (March 10). Live stats will be available via WVUsports.com.