MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – After getting no-hit into the seventh inning, the West Virginia University baseball team rallied to win its fourth consecutive game with two runs in the eighth and ninth innings for a 4-1 victory against Ball State on Sunday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (4-2) and Cardinals (4-3) were locked in a pitcher’s duel, with just three total hits through seven innings, before sophomore right fielder Darius Hill
hit his second home run in as many days in the eighth inning gave WVU a 2-1 lead. A pair of wild pitches in the ninth brought home two WVU insurance runs.
The win was West Virginia’s fourth in a row and third at this weekend’s Caravelle Resort Tournament, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. WVU had four hits and gave up just two, both season-highs.
“We were patient, we took our time and got (Ball State starter Colin Brockhouse’s) pitch count up,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “In the seventh inning, his off-speed pitches started floating up in the zone a little bit and we made three really hard outs in the seventh, so we knew our time was coming. It’s nice to know we have a team that can win different ways. To get 29 hits and win yesterday and get four hits and win today, that’s a sign of a good team, the ability to win in different ways.”
The Mountaineers used a strong start by freshman right-hander Carter Camp
. Making just his second career appearance and first start, Camp pitched 5.0 innings and allowed one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. After a first-inning triple and RBI-groundout, Camp allowed just one baserunner and pitched three 1-2-3 innings the rest of the game. His seven strikeouts is tied for the most by a Mountaineer this season.
Sophomore righty Braden Zarbnisky
picked up where Camp left off, throwing 3.0 no-hit innings, striking out five and walking one. Camp and Zarbnisky combined to retire 24 of 27 batters faced in 8.0 innings pitched. Zarbnisky earned his first win of the season.
Offensively, sophomore Marques Inman
recorded WVU’s first hit with one out in the seventh inning. While he was stranded on first, it opened things up for the Mountaineers in the eighth. Junior left fielder Kyle Davis
singled with two outs before Hill’s home run. His second homer of the season just cleared the wall in right field, glancing off the end of the Ball State right-fielder’s outstretched glove.
After three Ball State runners reached and two were stranded in the bottom of the eighth, the Mountaineers added two insurance runs in the ninth. Sophomore third baseman Cole Austin
led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Inman. He reached third on a wild pitch on an intentional walk to freshman second baseman TJ Lake
. With Lake on first, another wild pitch followed, as Austin scored and Lake reached third. After sophomore shortstop Jimmy Galusky
walked, the inning’s third wild pitch scored Lake.
Freshman Alek Manoah
pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first career save.
Ball State starter Colin Brockhouse pitched 8.0 innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out nine and walked one while throwing 103 pitches. Making his first start of the season, he suffered the loss.
Ball State’s lone run came in the first inning. Seth Freed hit a one-out triple down the right-field line and scored on a groundout to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. It was an advantage they would hold until Hill’s home run in the eighth inning.
The Caravelle Resort Tournament concludes at No. 18 Coastal Carolina on Monday at noon. Live stats will be available, while Coastal Carolina will have an online audio broadcast. Links to live stats and audio are available on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com
. Additional behind-the-scenes updates and notes from Myrtle Beach can be found on social media by following and connecting with the team at @WVUBaseball on Twitter
West Virginia has won four in a row and improves to 4-2 on the season … WVU improves to 2-0 all-time against Ball State … WVU’s four hits and two hits allowed were both season-lows … The pitching staff had a season-best 12 strikeouts, including a career-high seven by Carter Camp
, tied for the most by a WVU pitcher this season … Starter Carter Camp
pitched in his second career game and made his first career start, pitching 5.0 innings and allowing one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and no walks … Braden Zarbnisky
earned his first win of the season with 3.0 innings in relief, allowing no runs on no hits with five strikeouts and a walk … Alek Manoah
earned his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning … Darius Hill
hit his second home run in as many games, his second of the season and fifth of his career … Hill has at least one hit in each of WVU’s first six games and has two or more RBIs in four games in 2017.
Season tickets, flex plan tickets and mini packs for the 2017 WVU baseball season are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-WVU GAME
, going to WVUGAME.com
or visiting the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum. The 2017 schedule is available on WVUsports.com