Monday, October 24, 2016

Mountaineers tie up baseball series with a Saturday shutout

Saturday afternoon proved to be another great day for baseball as the Mountaineers faced off in game two against the Buccaneers. The Mountaineers came out victorious with a 5-0 victory tying the series.

The first inning was again a quiet start, with both teams going three up and three down. In the second, catcher Ray Guerrini singled to get the first hit of the game for the Mountaineers. Designated hitter Shaun Corso also singled, but Guerrini took a wide turn around second and got tagged out to end the inning.

The real action for the Mountaineers started in the top of the fourth when freshman second baseman Cole Austin lead off the inning with a single to left field. Junior Jackson Cramer and sophomore Caleb Potter both walked and suddenly the Mountaineers had the bases loaded with no outs. Coming up clutch yet again, Guerrini hit an RBI double to left field, putting the team up 2-0. That was followed up by arguably the most exciting play of the game, when senior center fielder KC Huth laid down a suicide squeeze bunt that scored two runs. On the play, Potter broke for the plate on the pitcher’s windup and scored easily from third. Guerrini, who was on second and was also running on the play, made it to third and then broke for the plate as well when seeing a distracted first basemen for the Bucs.  He slid in just under the tag and suddenly the Mountaineers were up 4-0.

Caleb Potter hit a towering home run to left field to extend the lead to 5-0 in the sixth. Following hits by Corso and Jimmy Galusky, the Buccaneers pulled their starting pitcher Daniel Johnson, and brought in a relief pitcher who was able to retire the side, leaving two Mountaineer runners in scoring position.

The Mountaineers also brought in relief pitcher Brandon Boone to start the sixth inning, replacing starter Ross Vance, who had a nice afternoon scattering four hits over five innings with no earned runs.  Boone pitched three strong innings in relief, giving up no earned runs.  The Mountaineers later brought in pitcher Michael Grove in the ninth to close the game out against a still scoreless Buccaneers team.

The Mountaineers defeated the Buccaneers 5-0 to tie the series with one win a piece. The two teams face off in the final game of the series Sunday morning at 10:00 EST.

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