LAS VEGAS–Freshman Jimmy Galusky paved the way for the West Virginia offense and BJ Myers dominated on the mound as the Mountaineers beat UNLV 9-4 on Sunday afternoon.
WVU (5-1) swept the series against the Rebels (1-5).
Galusky went 5-for-5, including his first career home run in the top of the sixth.
UNLV committed four errors.
For the third straight night, the Mountaineers’ bats came to life as WVU scored nine runs on 14 hits.
KC Huth went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Jackson Cramer was the other Mountaineer with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Myers (2-0) had another superb outing for WVU. The sophomore right-hander tossed seven innings, surrendering one unearned run on three hits. He struck out four and walked just one.
The Rebels’ Kenny Oakley (0-2) gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings.
Oakley hit catcher Ray Guerrini with a pitch before KC Huth crushed a two-run homer to left in the top of the second to give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Huth singled and advanced to second base on Oakley’s throwing error. Kyle Gray then reached on an error. Galusky drove in Huth on a single to center field. Then Kyle Davis would reach base on shortstop Austin Anderson’s throwing error. Gray would score on the play to put WVU up 4-0.
UNLV would get its first run in the bottom of the sixth when Anderson scored on Cramer’s throwing error.
Davis double down the right field line scored Galusky, who reached on a bunt base hit. Anderson’s error allowed Davis to score to give the Mountaineers a 7-1 lead. Cramer added on to the WVU lead when he doubled home Darius Hill.
But the Mountaineers weren’t done there. Guerrini hit a double, scoring Cramer to put WVU ahead 9-1 in the top of the eighth.
The Rebels would tack on a run in the bottom of the eighth off reliever Michael Grove
UNLV would make a final push in the bottom of the ninth. Reliever Blake Smith gave up a leadoff single to Payton Squier before issuing a walk to Nick Ames and hitting Carlos Robles to load the bases.
Smith’s walk to Tar scored a run. The Rebels would get one more before Robles was thrown out at third to end the game.
The Mountaineers will travel to Scottsdale to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in an exhibition game on Monday. First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. (ET).