MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.– BJ Myers pitched a gem and sophomore Cole Austin drove in three runs to lift the West Virginia University baseball team past George Mason 5-3 on Friday afternoon at Pelican Ballpark in the Caravelle Resort Tournament.
Myers tossed seven innings of four hit baseball. He gave up one run while striking out seven, earning his first win of the season.
“BJ’s going to give us a chance to win every game,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “He goes out there and throws strikes, keeps the ball down and always limits the damage. He gave up a solo homer in the first inning, and those rarely beat you, especially early in the game. That’s as good as I’ve seen BJ, which was super encouraging.”
Myers and his mound opponent Tyler Zombro dualed through six innings but things went south for the Patriots’ bullpen in the seventh inning.
Kyle Davis had three hits for the Mountaineers and Jimmy Galusky had two.
Michael Smith homered in the first inning to give George Mason a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, the wheels fell off for the Patriots. With one out, Galusky and Davis hit back-to-back singles. Ivan Gonzalez’s fielder’s choice put runners at the corners.
Bryce Nightengale walked Hill and then Jackson Cramer, tying the game at 1-1. But WVU wasn’t done there.
Austin tripled to right field, driving in three more runs. The sophomore scored when Marques Inman doubled off the center field wall to take a 5-1 lead.
George Mason pulled within two in the ninth when Tyler Nelin homered off Jacob Potock.
Zombro pitched six scoreless innings, surrendering six hits and fanning six. Nightengale suffered the loss for the Patriots.
WVU takes on defending National Champion Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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