MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia University baseball team added a late game against Canisius on Tuesday afternoon and the first game of the season at Monongalia County Ballpark proved to be anything but boring.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Tristen Hudson delivered a walk-off single to right field, sending TJ Lake home and lifting the Mountaineers (2-2) to a 5-4 victory over the Golden Griffins.
With one out, Marques Inman walked and advanced to second on Paul McIntosh’s base hit through the left side. Then WVU head coach Randy Mazey brought Lake in to pinch run for Inman. Ivan Gonzalez flied out before Hudson broke out the magic.
The Mountaineers scored five runs on six hits. Canisius (1-3) plated four runs on 11 hits.
Sam Kessler (1-0) picked up the win for WVU. He pitched one inning and gave up one run on one hit.
Trailing 4-3 in the top of the ninth, the Golden Griffins tied the game on a wild pitch. Stephen Bennett led off the inning with a triple. Kessler’s erratic pitch allowed the junior infielder to score and tie the game.
The Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Inman blasted his second home run of the season to left field.
Darius Hill’s RBI groundout gave WVU a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
However, Canisius cut the lead to 2-1 on Mark McKenna’s double in the top of the fifth. The Mountaineers got the run right back in the bottom half when Gonzalez homered to left field.
The Golden Griffins tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth.
WVU pushed its lead back to 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth, setting the scene for a thrilling ninth.
Nick Snyder started for the Mountaineers. He pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits while striking out six.
WVU travels to Statesboro, Ga. on Friday for a three-game series against Georgia Southern. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS