Friday, August 18, 2017

Corso powers WVU past Radford in opening homestand finale

Starting pitcher Tanner Campbell follows through on a pitch to the plate against Radford Tuesday at Monongalia County Ballpark. (Photo Credit: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo- wvusports.com) Shaun Corso gets a hit to drive in two runs against Radford Tuesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo Shaun Corso slides into home safely against Radford Tuesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo The Mountaineers celebrate the win over Radford Tuesday afternoon by singing "Country Roads" at Monongalia County Ballpark. All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo Starting pitcher Tanner Campbell follows through on a pitch to the plate against Radford Tuesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo

Starting pitcher Tanner Campbell follows through on a pitch to the plate against Radford Tuesday at Monongalia County Ballpark.
(Photo Credit: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo- wvusports.com)
Shaun Corso gets a hit to drive in two runs against Radford Tuesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo
Shaun Corso slides into home safely against Radford Tuesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo
The Mountaineers celebrate the win over Radford Tuesday afternoon by singing “Country Roads” at Monongalia County Ballpark.
All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo
Starting pitcher Tanner Campbell follows through on a pitch to the plate against Radford Tuesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore second baseman Shaun Corso powered the West Virginia University baseball team to a 6-2 win over Radford on Tuesday at Monongalia County Ballpark.

The Mountaineers (10-4) finished the homestand with a 3-1 record.

Corso drove in a career-high four runs, including the game winner in the third inning.

Freshmen shortstop Jimmy Galusky, designated hitter Marques Inman and catcher Ivan Vera all added two hits apiece

Freshman Tanner Campbell threw six innings, surrendering one run on four hits. He struck out career-best six batters and walked three.

Things got a little rocky for Campbell in the first inning. The right-hander faced seven batters and gave up a run on two hits.

After two quick outs, Shane Johnsonbaugh doubled down the right field line and scored on Danny Hrbek’s single. Campbell hit Trevor Riggs and walked Simon Palenchar to load the bases before getting out of the inning.

“Things were sped up on Tanner in the first inning, he was rushing a little bit, just being a freshman,” said WVU head coach Randy Mazey. “Once he settled in, I thought he was pretty good. He made some really good pitches when he needed too, with men on base and the game still up in the air. It was pretty encouraging.”

The Mountaineers scored four runs in the third. Vera led off with an infield single. He advanced to second on Galusky’s bunt single. Sophomore third baseman Kyle Davis loaded the bases with a single to right field.

Vera scored on freshman Darius Hill’s fly ball to center. Corso drove in two more runs with a base hit up the middle and then stole second. Inman’s single plated Corso to give WVU a 4-1 advantage.

The WVU baseball team sings country roads after defeating Redford on Tuesday.  (Photo Credit:  All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks-wvusports.com)

The WVU baseball team sings country roads after defeating Redford on Tuesday.
(Photo Credit: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks-wvusports.com)

The Mountaineers had 10 freshmen get into tonight’s game. Six of them were in the starting lineup and the newcomers scored four of WVU’s six runs.

“We’re not playing freshmen just to get them on the field, we’re playing freshmen because they’re good players,” said Mazey. “Three of them had two hits apiece and three of them pitched, one of them got the win. These guys are all good players, and they’re helping us win games.”

The Mountaineers would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Vera led off with a single and Galusky followed with a bunt single before Corso’s base hit to left drove them home.

The Highlanders (2-15) added a run in the ninth to make it 6-2, but Radford would get no closer.

WVU begins Big 12 play on Friday when the Mountaineers travel to Fort Worth to take on No.7 TCU for a three-game series.

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