Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hawaii tops WVU, takes a 2-1 series lead

HONOLULU–Sophomore BJ Myers suffered his first loss of the season as Hawaii defeated West Virginia 6-2 on Saturday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

The Mountaineers (6-3) scored two runs on 10 hits. WVU stranded 10 base runners.

The Rainbow Warriors scored six runs on seven hits.

Myers surrendered five runs, four of which were earned, over seven innings. The right-hander had an earned run average of 0.00 heading into Saturday’s game.

“The character of our team is being tested right now,” WVU head coach Randy Mazey said. “We were feeling really good coming here for this series, but we haven’t played well out here. Tomorrow will be a statement on the character of the team, so tomorrow’s game will tell a lot about how the rest of the season is going to go.”

Sophomore designated hitter Kyle Davis extended his hitting streak to seven games. He had three hits including his third home run in the sixth inning, cutting Hawaii’s lead to 4-1. The Rainbow Warriors tacked on two more runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Senior KC Huth extended his hitting streak to seven and Davis has reached base in 27 straight games, dating back to last season.

Freshman right fielder Darius Hill led off the eighth inning with a double and scored on Cramer’s single to center field. Sophomore third baseman Shaun Corso’s single gave the Mountaineers runners on first and second with one out. But Hawaii’s pitcher Cody Culp fanned Caleb Potter and Ray Guerrini fouled out to end the WVU rally.

The Mountaineers had a final shot in the ninth but stranded two more base runners.

Myers struggled early on and the Rainbow Warriors capitalized on WVU’s mistakes.

Hawaii shortstop Jacob Sheldon-Collins started the bottom of the first with a single through the left side. He stole second and advanced to third on a failed pick off attempt of Eric Ramirez, who walked. Right Fielder Alex Fitchett’s brought Shedon-Collins home on a fielder’s choice.

The Rainbow Warriors tacked on another run in the bottom of the second. Third baseman Johnny Weeks singled up the middle. He advanced to second on a WVU balk and went to third on a wild pitch. Josh Rojas’ sacrifice fly to right scored Weeks and gave the Rainbow Warriors a 2-0 lead.

In the third inning Hawaii would add on two more runs to take a 4-0 lead.

Myers settled down the next two innings, but the damage was done.

Alex Hatch pitched 6.2 inning, giving up one run on five hits for the Rainbow Warriors. He struck out seven.

The series finale is Sunday at 6:05 p.m. (ET).



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