The West Virginia baseball team kicked off their 2022 campaign in a big way, blasting their way to a 13-8 win over Central Michigan on Friday.
Heading into this season, the Mountaineers knew they were going to have to rely upon new additions to their roster, as well as use a lot of arms in order to win games. Both of those things rang true on Friday, with three Mountaineer freshmen combining to drive in nine of West Virginia’s 13 runs.
West Virginia got the offense going early, with J.J. Wetherholt blasting a home run to put the Mountaineers up 1-0. The Central Michigan offense would answer back in the second inning, with a home run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, followed by a single to take a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the third inning, the Mountaineer bats came to life.
Following a walk and a single, it was the freshman Wethetholt again, smashing a double to left-center field, putting West Virginia back in front 3-2. After two walks loaded the bases, it was another freshman Grant Hussey who delivered a big blow, sending a pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam as his first collegiate hit, and extending the West Virginia lead to five runs.
The Mountaineer offense piled on two more runs in the fourth inning, with two of the older guys; Austin Davis and Victor Scott driving in runs, to put the Mountaineers up 9-2. West Virginia would plate two more in the eighth inning, before the Central Michigan offense would get three runs of their own, but it was too little too late as the West Virginia offense had already done their damage.
The West Virginia pitching staff gave up 12 hits, while striking out 11 batters. Beau Lowry (1-0) got credited with the win for the Mountaineers, pitching 1.1 innings, striking out one batter.
The Mountaineers will be back in action tomorrow morning against Kent State.
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