Mountaineers Take game 2 from ETSU, Now .500 on Season
By: Jeff Vickers
Coming into the series opening game yesterday, the WVU baseball team had collected 81 hits this season in 10 games, giving them a .232 team batting average on the season. After 36 hits in 2 games against East Tennessee State the Mountaineers team batting average has risen to .267. Today’s victory moves WVU to 6-6 on the season, and drops ETSU to 7-5.
In the game the Mountaineers scored early and often. 1 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, 1, in the 4th, 4 in the 5th, 6 in the 6th and one more in the 9th. When it all was said and done, 14 Mountaineers had an at bat, and 13 of those batters had at least 1 hit. 20 total hits on the day for WVU, 7 of them for extra bases, 3 doubles (Kyle Davis, Cam O’Brien, and Garrett Hope), 4 Homers ( Taylor Munden (2), Justin Fox, and Garrett Hope). O’Brien and Hope led the way for the Mountaineers, combining for 9 of the 17 Mountaineer RBI’s.
Ross Vance (2-1) was ever bit as hot on the mound as his team mates were at the plate. Vance went 5 innings, allowing one Buccaneer hit, walking one and striking out 7. Vance was relieved by Shay Phillips, who pitched 2 innings allowing 3 hits and 2 runs. Jackson Sigman pitched the 8th, allowing a hit and struck out one batter. Shane Ennis finished off the game with a perfect 9th inning.
The Mountaineers go for the series sweep tomorrow. Chad Donato (1-2 1.50 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mountaineers. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm Sunday.