2015 Starts With A W For WVU Baseball
By Jeff Vickers
So much was made of the losses to the WVU baseball program in the off season. So much was made over the Mountaineers being 0-10 all-time against Clemson. Through the 1st game of the season and the series, neither of those mattered.
The Mountaineers struggled against the Tigers’ Ace Matthew Crownover. Crownover allowed 3 hits in 6 innings pitched, striking out 8 Mountaineer batters, but the Clemson Pitcher left the game after reaching his pitch limit. The Mountaineers took advantage of his departure and after the lead off hitter Jackson Cramer popped out, Second baseman Shaun Corso single, but was out at 2nd after KC Hurth grounded into a fielders choice. Then a little Mazey ball sent Hurth on a hit and run single by Justin Fox. Hurth then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead. The Mountaineers added an insurance run in the 8th on a Taylor Munden sacrifice fly.
Freshman starter BJ Myers lasted 5 innings for the Mountaineers. Myers issued 4 walks and 4 hits and struck out 5, but was clutch with runners on base. In his 5 innings of work, Myers left 8 Clemson base runners stranded on base. Blake Smith came into the game in the 6th and went the rest of the way, picking up the win for the visiting Mountaineers.
Third baseman Justin Fox went 3/3 in the game, KC Hurth and Catcher Ray Guerrini scored the two runs for the Mountaineers, and Taylor Munden picked up the games only RBI.
Saturday WVU LHP Ross Vance (3-4 3.41 ERA in 2014) faces Clemson LHP Zach Erwin (4-3 2 saves 4.21 ERA in 2014) 2:30 pm