MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Tanner Campbell’s lights-out performance propelled the West Virginia University baseball team to a 5-1 victory over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The freshman right-hander (2-1) tossed five innings of one-hit baseball. He struck out two and walked two.
Campbell took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
The Mountaineers (16-11) relied on its youthful lineup to defeat the Eagles (12-16). Its freshman starters picked seven of WVU’s eight hits up. They accounted for four of the five RBI.
“The last two games we’ve had better energy, better effort,” Mountaineers head coach Randy Mazey said. “Now we’ve won four out of five, three of those being one-run games, so now I think this team is starting to believe, starting to believe in themselves late in games. I like where we are right now.”
Freshman Marques Inman and Darius Hill each had two hits and drove in two runs. Inman hit two doubles and Hill had one.
Inman and Galusky both had web gems during the win. Second baseman Inman’s diving stop in the second inning kept Campbell’s no-hitter alive. While Galusky’s play came in the eighth with the bases loaded.
Galusky ran to his left, fielded a ground ball at the edge of the outfield turf and threw out the Eastern Michigan batter at first base.
“That was the difference tonight, the defense on the left side of the infield,” Mazey said. Cole’s never played third base in this program, and hasn’t practiced over there. He sure made a difference defensively. Jimmy’s play up the middle was as good of a play as you’ll see by any shortstop in college baseball. That’s why he’s out there.”
Senior reliever Jeff Hardy recorded the final four outs of the game, earning his second save of the season.
WVU’s Kyle Davis led off the first inning with a double down the left field line. Hill’s single to left brought Davis home and gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
In the third, WVU tacked on a pair of runs. Galusky singled through the left side and Hill walked. Inman drove in both runners with a double down the right field line.
The Mountaineers took a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning when senior center fielder KC Huth’s foul out scored Gray, who led off the inning with a double.
Hill drove in his second run of the game in the sixth inning with a double down the left field line, scoring Huth.
The Eagles got on the board in the top of the seventh to pull within 5-1. Tony Dileo grounded into a double with bases loaded and no outs to score one.
WVU takes on Furman for a three-game series beginning on Friday at home.