CHARLESTON, S.C. – The WVU baseball team used 18 hits, including six multi-hit performances, in a 10-2 victory over The Citadel on Sunday afternoon.
The win gives WVU (1-2) its first win of the season, and it was the third-consecutive game with at least 10 hits.
“It’s always good before you get back on the bus for a long trip to get a win under your belt,” coach Randy Mazey says. “We came down here and played three games, got three really good starting pitching performances, we got double-digit hits in all three games and played good defense in all three games. If we can continue to do that and not get caught up in the results, but focus on the process of what we’re trying to do, we’ll win a lot more games than we’ll lose.”
Junior second baseman Billy Fleming
batted 4-for-5 with a walk, while junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
and freshman right fielder Shaun Wood
had three hits apiece. Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
had three RBIs and junior catcher Cam O’Brien crossed the plate three times.
"I just stayed in and tried to have good at bats," Fleming says. "That was the key today, we had 18 hits and I think that was a result of good at bats. I tried to stay in my approach and it worked out for me today."
Junior left-hander John Means
continued the trend of impressive starts, allowing one run on five hits. Means struck out three and did not walk a batter.
"My curveball was working well, but my changeup was a little off," Means says. "I just tried to mix it up and keep them off-balance and pound the strike zone."
Senior right-hander Ryan Tezak
, junior left-hander Ross Vance
and senior right-hander Pascal Paul
combined for 2.0 innings of shutout relief, allowing one hit and striking out four. Junior righty Trevor Simms
pitched the ninth inning and allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout.
O’Brien gave WVU the early 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run to right field, his first homer as a Mountaineer.
West Virginia added to the lead with two runs in the fourth inning to bring the advantage to 3-0. O’Brien scored on a double off the right field wall by Wood. Wood was plated on a two-out single up the middle by junior third baseman Justin Fox
After allowing a run to The Citadel in the bottom of the fourth, McBroom padded the Mountaineer lead to 5-1 with a two-run homer to left field in the top of the fifth inning. The home run was the second of the season for McBroom and the 23rd of his career, moving him up to ninth all-time at WVU.
A two-out rally gave WVU a 7-1 advantage in the top of the eighth inning. Junior shortstop Taylor Munden
singled to third base, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error on the stolen base. Boyd beat out a single to shortstop to drive in Munden, and then scored as McBroom drove in his third run of the game with a single up the middle.
O’Brien and junior infielder Cody Semler
each scored on wild pitches, and Munden scored on a Boyd single to left field to give WVU the 10-1 lead.
WVU jumped on Citadel starter Austin Livingston quickly as he allowed five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. The Bulldogs then dug deep into the bullpen and used eight relievers.
West Virginia will head west next weekend for a three-game series against San Diego State, led by coach Tony Gwynn. Live stats will be available through WVUsports.com.