NEW ORLEANS–Kyle Davis drove in a career-high five runs and the West Virginia University offense came alive a day after being shutout to pound Tulane 18-5 on Sunday afternoon in the series finale.
The Mountaineers (7-4) scored 18 runs on 20 hits. Eight of their nine starters had at least one hit and six had at least one RBI in the victory.
Sophomore shortstop Jimmy Galusky went 3-for-3 and drove in three RBI. He scored three runs and walked twice. Sophomore third baseman Cole Austin matched a career-high with three hits and drove in two runs.
Designated hitter Marques Inman had a career-best four hits with two RBI and sophomore catcher Ivan Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a career high three RBI.
Right fielder Darius Hill extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.
The Green Wave (3-8) scored five runs on seven hits.
Right-hander Conner Dotson (3-0) pitched five innings. The junior allowed four runs on four hits while striking out seven. Freshman Riley Troutt tossed three innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits. Freshman Alek Manoah pitched a scoreless ninth.
WVU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Kyle Gray doubled down the left field line and scored on Austin’s base hit. Inman’s double drove in two runs and then the sophomore crossed the plate on Galusky’s single to right center.
On a two-run blast by Jeremy Montalbano, Tulane cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the second.
However, the Mountaineers responded with five runs in the top of the third to take a commanding 9-2 advantage.
Austin opened the scoring with an inside-the-park home run. Inman then singled and made his way around the bases on two wild pitches and a failed pickoff attempt. Galusky walked and scored on Gonzalez’s base hit to center. Davis’ double drove home both Gonzalez and freshman Brandon White.
Refusing to back down, the Green Wave answered with two runs in the bottom half of the frame on Jarret DeHart’s double.
WVU tacked on three more runs in the fourth and fifth innings and two in the sixth.
With one out, Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly knocked home Austin and a bases-loaded double by Davis scored a pair.
In the fifth WVU took a 15-4 lead with Galusky’s RBI double. He scored on Gonzalez’s base hit up the middle. Davis singled to center field plated Gonzalez.
Dotson retired Tulane in order in both the fourth and fifth innings.
The Mountaineers added two more in the sixth.
The Green Wave picked up one in the eighth, an unearned run off on Austin’s throwing error.
But WVU got the run back in the ninth when freshman Isaiah Kearns hit his first career home run.
The Mountaineers will remain on the road with a midweek set at Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS