Sunday morning, the Mountaineers took to the diamond in their final game versus Charleston Southern with the series tied 1-1. The Mountaineers, guided by pitcher BJ Myers through the first eight innings, shut out the Buccaneers and won the match-up 3-0. The Mountaineers are now 2-1 on both the series versus Charleston Southern and the 2016 season.
Both the Mountaineers and the Buccaneers had a slower start Sunday morning. Freshman Darius Hill got things started for the Mountaineers as he got his first career hit with a 1-out single in the top of the first. Unfortunately the Mountaineers were unable to bring him home.
Both teams had base runners in the fourth but double plays on each side ended those threats.
Catcher Ray Guerrini hit a beautiful single to center field to start the top of the fifth inning. After Guerrini was advanced to second on a fielders choice, left fielder Kyle Gray hit an RBI-single back up the middle to bring Guerrini home, putting the Mountaineers up 1-0. Gray was called out attempting to steal second on the very next play while Jimmy Galusky was at bat.
Buccaneers catcher Mike Sconzo gave the Mountaineers a difficult time this series throwing out multiple Mountaineer players attempting to steal bases; including two more on Sunday.
At the top of the sixth, Buccaneers starting pitcher, Jon Piriz, left the game after being struck by a line drive in the head. It appeared that the blow was lessened by the pitcher’s quick reflexes, getting his glove to his face just in time. Fortunately, Piriz was able to leave the field on his own power.
The Mountaineers left two runners on base to end the top of seventh, still up 1-0 on the Buccaneers. In the bottom of the inning, the Mountaineers were able to avoid damage when they turned out a beautiful double play to end the inning. The Bucs had just four hits on the day through seven innings.
Kyle Davis led off the eighth inning with a single. Next up, Darius Hill attempted to bunt Davis to second. Unfortunately, the ball was bunted straight back to the pitcher, and Davis was forced out at second. Freshman Cole Austin hit a single to left field, putting runners on first and second, sadly both were left on base as subsequent Mountaineers were unable to bat them in.
Ray Guerrini started the top of the ninth off with a beautiful single to left field. KC Huth laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Guerrini to second. Redshirt freshman Jimmy Galusky hit an RBI-double to left center, with Guerrini scoring on the play. Kyle Davis followed up Galusky’s at bat with another RBI-double and the Mountaineers had insurance runs, putting them up 3-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Mountaineers brought in senior closer Blake Smith to relieve Myers in the bottom of the ninth. The Bucs went three up, three down to end the game with the Mountaineers winning 3-0. Myers gave up five hits and zero runs in eight innings Sunday, earning the win with Smith getting the save. The Mountaineers had 12 hits compared to just five by the Buccaneers on the day.
The Mountaineers finished the series 2-1 over the Buccaneers, giving them a 2-1 start on the 2016 season.