MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jackson Cramer and Kyle Davis had three hits apiece as West Virginia University thumped in-state rival Marshall 14-7 on Tuesday at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (16-10) scored 14 runs on 16 hits. The Thundering Herd (12-14) drove in seven runs on 10 hits while committing five errors.
Cramer went 3-for-6 with a home run and a double. The senior drove in four runs. Kyle Gray had two hits and three RBI.
Isaiah Kearns (4-0) tossed 5.2 innings. The freshman right-hander surrendered seven runs on nine hits while striking out seven.
Sam Kessler earned his first save. He pitched 3.1 innings of one hit baseball.
Kearns’ mound opponent Brad O’Connor (1-3) suffered the loss. He gave up nine earned runs on 11 hits in 3.2 innings.
Behind in the count, 0-2, Tyler Ratliff drove the ball over the left field wall to give Marshall a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
WVU responded in the bottom of the inning when Cramer blasted a two-run dinger to right field, giving the Mountaineers a 2-1 advantage.
In the second, the Herd took the lead back. Reynaldo Pastrana doubled to third base, scoring Shane Hanon. Sager’s base hit to left drove in Pastrana.
However, WVU came barreling back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs and taking a 5-3 lead.
The Mountaineers broke out the bats in the fourth inning. Jackson Cramer’s double down the left field line scored Ivan Gonzalez and Brandon White.
Then Cole Austin’s base hit drove in Cramer. Back-to-Back doubles from Davis and Craig Illig pushed the score to 10-3.
Finally, White’s single to left field scored Illig and gave WVU an 11-3 advantage.
“We’ve got a really good offensive team if we don’t get in our own way,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “Singles don’t really win it for you. Extra base hits win games andthat’s what we did. We drove some balls and hit some doubles. Cramer gets a home run and a double, Davis a double. That’s how you win and that’s how you score runs.”
Marshall got four back in the sixth but the Mountaineers tacked on one in the seventh and two in the eighth.
WVU’s homestand continues with a game against Morehead State on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS