Baseball Smacks 14 Hits in Victory

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • February 22, 2014 12:47 AM
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West Virginia 6, San Diego State 2
Postgame Media
Head Coach Randy Mazey
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave struck out eight batters and the offense produced 14 hits as the WVU baseball team won 6-2 over San Diego State on Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Mountaineers (2-2) recorded at least 10 hits for the fourth-consecutive game, led by 3-for-5 performances from junior second baseman Billy Fleming and senior left fielder Jacob Rice.
“That’s as good of a game as any team can play,” coach Randy Mazey says. “We had 14 hits and Harrison did his thing again. He had a great night and got to his pitch count, but this time we got some good relief pitching.
“We played unbelievable defense, everybody in the infield got a ground ball and made some pretty tough plays. If that is the Mountaineer team that shows up everyday, we have a chance to win a lot of games.”
Musgrave (1-0) threw 93 pitches over 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Musgrave has now totaled 15 strikeouts through two starts this season. Senior right-handers Pascal Paul and Corey Walter combined for 3.0 innings of no-hit relief, with Paul striking out two batters.
Alert base running by Rice put the Mountaineers ahead 1-0 in the top of the second. After leading the inning off with a single and advancing to third on a single by freshman right fielder Shaun Wood, Rice beat the pitcher and catcher to home plate as he scored on a wild pitch.
SDSU took a brief 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run bloop double to right field by Ty France.
Junior shortstop Taylor Munden brought WVU back quickly in the top of the fifth with a solo home run to left field, tying the game at 2-2. Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd gave the Mountaineers the 3-2 lead, scoring from third base on a sacrifice fly by senior first baseman Ryan McBroom.
Munden knocked in his second run of the game to extend the WVU lead to 4-2 in the top of the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly that plated junior catcher Max Nogay.
Back-to-back two-out RBI singles brought the WVU lead to 6-2 in the top of the ninth with Fleming driving in Nogay and McBroom scoring Boyd.
SDSU starter Mike RoBards (1-1) was charged with the loss as he surrendered four runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
The teams return to action on Saturday at 6 p.m. Junior right-hander Sean Carley (0-0) will get the start for the Mountaineers, and will be opposed by right-hander Bubba Derby (0-0). Links to live stats and a video stream are available via WVUsports.com.