MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Isaiah Kearns and Jackson Sigman combined to pitch a three-hit shutout on Tuesday in West Virginia’s 2-0 win over Pitt during the 194th edition of the Backyard Brawl at Monongalia Country Ballpark.
Kearns tossed 5.2 scoreless frames for the Mountaineers (31-20). He gave up three hits and struck out seven.
Sigman (4-4) relieved the freshman right-hander in the sixth inning and earned the win. The senior pitched 3.1 perfect innings of relief.
After Frank Maldonado doubled off Kearns in the sixth, the Mountaineers’ skipper called upon Sigman to record the final out.
Kyle Davis, Darius Hill and Jackson Cramer each had two hits for WVU.
“I keep talking about the middle of the lineup that needs to produce,” Mazey said. “Cramer, Hill and Kyle Davis each have two hits in the game for us. That game came together exactly like we needed it to.”
The Mountaineers got the scoring started in the bottom of the sixth. Braden Zarbnisky began the inning with a walk. Davis tripled into the left center gap, scoring Zarbnisky. Then Hill’s base hit to right field gave WVU a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Mountaineers threatened to score but were unsuccessful. Back-to-back singles from Hill and Cramer put runners at the corners with one out but Jimmy Galusky lined out and Chase Illig went down swinging to end the frame.