WVU Drops New Orleans in Series Opener

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • March 28, 2013 06:06 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Freshman righty Brock Dykxhoorn earned his first career victory, while the Mountaineer offensive attack hit three home runs to lead the WVU baseball team to an 11-2 victory over New Orleans on Thursday afternoon at Hawley Field.

Dykxhoorn (1-0) earned the win in his first career start, holding the Privateers to one run on three hits in 6.0 innings. He struck out two and did not allow a walk.

Right-handers Corey Holmes and Jared Hill combined to pitch the final 3.0 innings of relief, scattering one run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

The Mountaineers (12-13) pounded out 10 hits, led by two apiece from senior right fielder Brady Wilson and junior left fielder Jacob Rice. New Orleans finished with six hits and each team committed one error.

Junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland continued his torrid hitting pace with a grand slam home run over the left center field wall in the bottom of the first to give WVU a 4-0 lead. Wilson and Rice each singled and a walk to junior designated hitter Matt Frazer loaded the bases for Tuntland.

The first four batters reached base to begin the bottom of the second as WVU extended its lead to 8-1. Wilson, Rice and sophomore second baseman Justin Fox all drove in one run in the frame, and sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd scored on a wild pitch.

Frazer and senior catcher Alan Filauro each tacked on a run with solo home runs. Frazer hit a mammoth shot over the right field fence for his team-leading sixth of the season in the fourth inning, while Filauro’s first of his career went over the left field wall in the seventh inning.

Senior right fielder Chris Rasky drove in a run in the fifth inning with a deep fly out to the warning track in right field, playing junior shortstop Michael Constantini.

New Orleans righty Seth Laigast (0-1) took the loss, allowing 10 runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings. He struck out one and walked six.

Zacary Hawkins had two hits with one run to lead the Privateers at the plate.

The teams return to Hawley Field tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Links to live stats and a radio broadcast are available at WVUsports.com. Sophomore lefty Harrison Musgrave will start for the Mountaineers and will be opposed by right-hander Alex Smith.