MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore lefty Harrison Musgrave
won his third-consecutive game and the Mountaineers used two big offensive innings to defeat New Orleans, 12-2, on Friday afternoon at Hawley Field.
The Mountaineers (13-13) recorded 11 hits, compared to New Orleans’ (4-24) seven. Each team made three errors.
Junior left fielder Jacob Rice
led the WVU attack, batting 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Senior right fielder Brady Wilson
and junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
also notched two hits apiece, with McBroom scoring three times and Wilson scoring twice.
McBroom led off a five-run fourth inning with a solo home run to left center field, his fourth of the season. Sophomore catcher Max Nogay
then started a two-out rally with a single through the left side and was eventually driven in by Wilson. A trio of New Orleans miscues allowed WVU to score the final three runs as sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd
scored on a wild pitch, while Wilson and Rice scored on an error to give WVU an 8-0 advantage.
McBroom started another big inning in the fifth inning with a leadoff single to left field, scoring on a bases loaded walk to Nogay. Boyd drove in a run with a ground out, and Rice hit a two-run single through the right side to complete the four-run inning to put WVU ahead 12-0.
Musgrave (4-1) pitched five shutout innings to earn the victory, allowing just three hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Right-handers Dan Dierdorff
and Josh Harlow
pitched four innings in relief and allowed one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Alex Smith (0-6) took the loss for New Orleans after allowing 10 earned runs on 10 hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked two. Dan Perkins batted 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Privateers.
The teams return to Hawley Field tomorrow to complete the series with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at noon. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the first game concludes. Links to live stats and a radio broadcast are available at WVUsports.com.