Clutch Hitting Leads WVU Over Marshall


By DJ Jamiel for WVUsports.com
April 23, 2014 09:40 PM
 
Corey Walter pitched seven innings on Wednesday to pick up his first win of the season.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Junior catcher Cam O'Brien finished a home run away from the cycle and scored three runs as the WVU baseball team defeated Marshall, 10-3, on Wednesday evening at Hawley Field.
 
The Mountaineers improved to 21-16 on the season, while the Thundering Herd fell to 18-21. With 12 hits, WVU has now recorded at least 10 hits in three-consecutive games and has scored 24 runs on 28 hits in its last two games.
 
O'Brien would get three hits on the night, a single, a double and a triple. Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom finished with three hits and two RBIs, while junior right fielder Brad Johnson and senior third baseman Michael Constantini each had two RBIs.
 
"We talked about it again, extra-base hits, we're starting to get some more," coach Randy Mazey says. "Bobby Boyd with a hustle double in the first inning, Cam O'Brien is getting extra-base hits and it's good to see McBroom with three hits tonight to get his swing back."
 
Senior Corey Walter (1-4) was impressive getting the win in his second start of the season. Walter scattered seven hits over seven innings, allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks. Junior right-hander Michael Bennett and sophomore right-hander Ryan Hostrander would each pitch one inning to finish the game for the Mountaineers.
 
"He showed tonight that he carried over that Saturday at Oklahoma and that's the best he's pitched all year," Mazey says. "If we can get that kind of start out of Corey on those midweek days, that will really help us down the stretch."
 
West Virginia would get the scoring started in the first when McBroom singled to left field, scoring Boyd from third. Boyd reached base with a one-out double, and then advanced to third by way of a passed ball.
 
The Mountaineers tacked on three more runs in the second to bring the score to 4-0. With the bases loaded and one out, Boyd would draw a walk scoring O'Brien. Junior second baseman Billy Fleming then drove in a run as a pitch hit him and a sacrifice fly from McBroom would knock in the final run of the frame.
 
O'Brien continued his impressive night in the third, smashing a one-out triple off the right center field wall. An error by Marshall shortstop Sergio Leon with two outs eventually scored O'Brien for the second time in the evening, extending the lead to 5-0.
 
Marshall got within two in the fourth as Aaron Bossi hit a bloop single to center field to score one. Two more runners came home on an Eric Escobedo two-run single to third base.
 
West Virginia got insurance runs in the fifth when Constantini doubled down the left field line, plating two. He stole third and scored on a throwing error by the Marshall catcher, making the score 8-3.
 
A two-out, two-run single to left field by Johnson brought the score to 10-3 in the bottom of the eighth, rounding out the scoring for the Mountaineers.
 
Marshall right-hander Lance Elder (0-1) got the loss, going just two innings with four earned runs off of four hits, two strikeouts and two walks. Seven pitchers combined to finish the game for the Thundering Herd.
 
WVU will round out its five-game home stand this weekend with a Big 12 Conference series against Kansas State. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday's game will get underway at 4 p.m., while the final contest on Sunday will start at noon.
 
A link to the video stream and live stats will be available on WVUsports.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.



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