WILMINGTON, N.C. – The West Virginia baseball team fell 13-10 in an offensive slugfest at UNC Wilmington on Sunday at Brooks Field.
The loss drops WVU’s record to 12-8 overall and the Mountaineer lost the series after the teams split the first two games.
The Mountaineers pounded out 14 hits, led by a four-hit performance by junior second baseman Billy Fleming
. Fleming added two runs and one RBI. Junior shortstop Taylor Munden
, senior left fielder Jacob Rice
and freshman right fielder Shaun Wood
added two hits apiece with Wood driving in four runs and Rice driving in two runs. Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
went 1-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs.
Neither starting pitcher earned a decision. Senior left-hander Zach Bargeron
(0-0) let up six runs on five hits in 1.2 innings for WVU and UNCW’s Nick Monroe (1-1) allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits in 4.2 innings with three walks and two strikeouts.
West Virginia jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with three runs on five hits in the top of the first. Fleming, McBroom, Rice and Wood all recorded consecutive hits and McBroom, Rice and Wood each drove in one run.
UNC Wilmington quickly countered with nine runs in the first three innings and led 9-3 after three innings. The Seahawks plated six runs in the bottom of the second that was highlighted by back-to-back two-run hits off the bat of Corey Dick and Luke Dunlap.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Mountaineers lessened the deficit to 9-8 with five runs on three hits in the top of the fifth. Fleming and McBroom each drove in a run, followed by a three-run home run over the right field fence by Wood. It was Wood’s third home run of the season.
Rice’s second double of the game put the Mountaineers ahead 10-9 in the top of the sixth. Fleming and McBroom each scored on the hit to left center field.
It did not take long for the Seahawks to storm back and take the lead as Dick hit a mammoth two-run home run to center field to retake the lead at 11-10. The Seahawks added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to complete the 13-10 victory.
Dick finished 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs, and Ryan LaGrange had three hits with three runs and two RBIs. Dunlap added two hits, one run and three RBIs.
The loss went to senior right-hander Corey Walter
, who gave up two runs on five hits in 4.2 innings with one strikeout. Will Shepley took the win for the Seahawks after throwing three scoreless innings. Kelly Secrest picked up his first save of the year as he entered with a runner on and no outs in the ninth inning.
West Virginia will open its home season on Tuesday, March 25 at Hawley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. A link to live video, audio and stats is available via WVUsports.com.