PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A five-run fifth inning led the West Virginia University baseball team to an 8-2 victory over Bowling Green on Thursday evening at North Charlotte Regional Park.
The Mountaineers took advantage of the Bowling Green bullpen in the fifth inning, batting around and scoring five runs to go ahead 7-2. Beginning with catcher Alan Filauro
, eight consecutive batters recorded a hit for WVU. Second baseman Billy Fleming
, designated hitter Matt Frazer
, third baseman Ryan Tuntland
, first baseman Ryan McBroom
and right fielder Brady Wilson
recorded one RBI apiece in the frame.
WVU (6-6) pounded out 16 hits, tying a season high, and each starter recorded at least one hit. Center fielder Bobby Boyd
led all players with four hits, while Fleming, Frazer, McBroom and Filauro all had two hits apiece. Frazer and McBroom each tacked on two RBIs.
"We have guys in the middle of the lineup that can drive the ball and they did some of that tonight," coach Randy Mazey says. "We have guys at the top and bottom that can get on base for them. That was a good offensive, defensive and pitching performance."
Right-hander Corey Walter
(1-2) picked up his first win of the season in 6.0 innings. Walter allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Right-handers Corey Holmes
, Brock Dykxhoorn
and Jared Hill
also saw action in relief.
"He was a little rusty coming out, but every pitcher is after a layoff like that," Mazey says. "He walked a guy, hit a guy and gave up a hit the first three batters of the game, but really settled in pretty well."
WVU went up 2-0 in the first inning after back-to-back two out RBI hits. Boyd led off with a bunt single and eventually scored on a double to right center field by Frazer. After Tuntland drew a four-pitch walk, McBroom knocked a single to left field, scoring Frazer from second base.
Boyd knocked in an insurance run to bring the score to 8-2 in the eighth inning with his fourth hit of the evening, a single to center field that scored Wilson. Dating back to the end of last season, Boyd now has a 22-game hitting streak.
Action resumes tomorrow against Central Michigan at 3 p.m. Left-hander Harrison Musgrave
will get the start for WVU. Live stats will be available via WVUsports.com.