PRINCETON, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team mounted three different comebacks to defeat Virginia Tech, 4-3, on Tuesday evening at Hunnicutt Field.
The attendance figure of 2,084 ranks eighth all-time in WVU program history to witness a baseball game.
West Virginia (27-17) finished with four runs on 10 hits in the winning effort, while Virginia Tech (19-28-1) notched three runs on 11 hits with one error.
West Virginia scored the game-tying and game-winning runs in the bottom of the eighth to bring the score to 4-3. Junior catcher Cam O’Brien was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and advanced to third when senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
laced a one-out double off the left field wall. Senior left fielder Jacob Rice
followed with a double to left center field, scoring O’Brien. Following an intentional walk to junior right fielder Brad Johnson
to load the bases with one out, junior pinch hitter Justin Fox
hit into a fielder’s choice to third base, scoring McBroom from third to take the lead.
Junior second baseman Billy Fleming
finished 3-for-4 with one run, while McBroom and Rice had two hits apiece. Rice added two RBIs and McBroom scored one run and drove in one run.
Virginia Tech jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Ricky Surum hit a chopping single into left field, scoring Phil Sciretta from second base. Sciretta reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a passed ball.
McBroom tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth after back-to-back-to-back singles began the frame. McBroom singled through the left side to score O’Brien from second base. McBroom continues to lead the team with 43 RBIs.
Brendon Hayden led off the top of the sixth with a double to right field and then scored on a Sciretta single to center field, giving the Hokies a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short-lived when Fleming singled through the left side and advanced to second on a fielding error in the bottom of the frame. Fleming came around to tie the score at 2-2 on a single to center field by Rice.
Virginia Tech took another lead at 3-2 in the top of the eighth with a two-out rally. Sean Keselica drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. In the next at bat, Keselica was plated on a single to center field by Sciretta.
Right-hander Corey Walter
(1-4) settled down and pitched 7.0 innings a no-decision for the Mountaineers. Walter allowed two runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
The win went to senior right-handed reliever Ryan Tezak
(4-0), who allowed one run on one hit with one walk in 1.0 inning. Junior right-hander Sean Carley
picked up his third save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning and allowing one hit.
Virginia Tech starter Aaron McGarity (0-4) took a no-decision, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits in 6.2 innings. He struck out six and walked one. The loss was issued to Sean Keselica, who allowed two runs on two hits with one strikeout and one walk in 1.0 inning.
West Virginia will travel to Kansas for a Big 12 series from May 9-11. Friday’s game will start at 7 p.m., Saturday’s game will begin at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.
All three games can be viewed on ESPN3.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineers Sports Network from IMG College.