NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Seven different WVU baseball players had a hit in a 5-4 victory in the series opener on Thursday afternoon at Cal State Northridge.
The Mountaineers improved to 9-5 overall and 4-1 on the West Coast road trip, scoring five runs on 11 hits. Senior left fielder Jacob Rice
, junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
and junior catcher Cam O’Brien each had two hits to lead the charge.
Neither team registered a hit until the fourth inning when they combined for four runs on six hits, with West Virginia taking a 3-1 lead.
O’Brien smacked a liner into center field on a hit and run, scoring senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
from second base to break the scoreless tie. O’Brien and Rice executed a double steal and the catcher threw over the third baseman’s head trying to throw out Rice, allowing Rice to score easily, and O’Brien scored on a single up the middle by junior designated hitter Max Nogay
Ryan Raslowsky and Nick Blaser led off the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back doubles to get Northridge on the board. Bargeron stranded the bases loaded to get out of the inning without further damage.
Junior second baseman Billy Fleming
and Rice each hit RBI singles in the top of the seventh to extend the WVU advantage to 7-2. Fleming singled to left field to score junior right fielder Cody Semler
, and Rice hit a two-out single to center field, scoring Boyd.
Senior left-hander Zach Bargeron
(0-0) started his 10th
career game and first of the 2014 season for the Mountaineers. Bargeron took the no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits with one strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched.
Senior right-hander Ryan Tezak
(1-0) took the win in 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Pascal Paul
picked up his second save of the season, getting the final two outs of the game.
Raslowsky had three hits for the Matadors, while Nick Blaser and William Colantono each had two hits. Starter Jerry Keel (0-4) allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits in 6.1 innings. Keel walked four and struck out two batters.
The teams are back in action on Friday at 6 p.m. Junior left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave
will take the hill for the Mountaineers and he will be opposed by right-hander Brycen Rutherford.
A link to live audio and stats is available via WVUsports.com.