Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mountaineers Take game 2 from ETSU, Now .500 on Season

Mountaineers Take game 2 from ETSU, Now .500 on Season

By: Jeff Vickers

Photo Credit Dakota Hamilton DoCo

Photo Credit Dakota Hamilton DoCo

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.



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