MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team ended a three-game losing skid with a 5-1 victory over Youngstown State on Wednesday evening at Hawley Field in front of 733 fans.
The win gives WVU a 2-1 advantage in the season series that will conclude at Youngstown State on April 24. The Mountaineers improved to 18-16 overall, while the Penguins drop to 9-23.
“We haven’t lost at Hawley Field this year and the guys know that. When they take the field, they take it with a little more confidence because of that,” coach Randy Mazey says. “I’ve been telling people for a long time that if you’re a fan coming to watch the game, don’t just come for entertainment purposes, come to help us win and that is what they did tonight."
Offensively, sophomore shortstop Taylor Munden
was a single shy of the cycle with two runs and two RBIs, and junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland
notched his sixth three-hit game of the season. As a team the Mountaineers finished with 12 hits, marking the 20th time this season they have recorded 10 or more hits.
Freshman righty Brock Dykxhoorn
(2-0) earned his second consecutive win, lasting six innings and allowing one run on three hits. Junior right-handers Ryan Tezak
, Corey Holmes
and Pascal Paul
each pitched in relief.
Munden put WVU on the board with his first career home run to left field to lead off the bottom of the first, giving WVU the early 1-0 lead.
A pair of doubles by Youngstown State’s Drew Dosch and Neil Schroth tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Dosch led off the inning with a double to right field, while he was driven in with a two out double by Schroth to left center.
Munden scored his second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth after leading the inning off with a triple to left field. Munden was driven in on a ground out to shortstop by sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd
, giving WVU the 2-1 edge.
Junior Matt Frazer
extended the lead to 4-1 with a two-run bases loaded pinch hit single through the left side in the bottom of the seventh.
Munden’s double came in the bottom of the eighth as he laced the ball down the left field line, plating sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming
to bring the score to 5-1.
YSU starter Russ Harless gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings to take the loss. Kevin Hix led the Penguins with two hits.
WVU completes the busy week with a three-game non-conference series at Liberty from April 12-14. Game one is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, game two will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday and game three is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com, while links to live stats are available on WVUsports.com.