WACO, Texas–Behind B.J. Myers’ spectacular five-hit outing, West Virginia University toppled No. 10 Baylor 7-1 in the opening game of the three-game series on Friday.
Myers (2-1) pitched eight innings. The junior surrendered one unearned run and struck out six.
Cole Austin went 3-for-5 and drove in one RBI for the Mountaineers (9-7). Darius Hill, Marques Inman and Jackson Cramer all had two hits.
The Bears (15-3) scored one unearned run on six hits. WVU scored seven runs on 13 hits.
The Mountaineers stranded 11 baserunners and Baylor left seven.
Bears’ starter Nick Lewis (3-1) gave up five runs on 10 hits, spanning four innings.
Kyle Gray singled to left field and then stole second. He scored on Cramer’s base hit to left center to give WVU a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
In the top of the third, the Mountaineers tacked on two runs on three hits. With one out, Nick Lewis walked Kyle Davis and gave up back-to-back singles to Cramer and Austin.
Consequently, with the bases loaded Hill singled up the middle, scoring Davis from third. WVU added another on Inman’s groundout to third to take a 3-0 advantage.
During the bottom half of the inning, Baylor got one run back. Jimmy Galusky leaped up for high line drive but the shortstop was unable to handle the ball. Then his erratic throw to first allowed for Steven McLean to score from second to cut the deficit to two.
The Mountaineers added two more runs in the fourth inning, giving WVU a 5-1 lead. Galusky doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on Brandon White’s base hit.
Cramer’s fly out to right field scored Galusky. Austin drove home White on a single up the middle.
Ivan Gonzalez’s two-run double in the ninth extended the Mountaineers’ lead to 7-1.
Jackson Sigman pitched a scoreless ninth.
WVU and the Bears will resume action on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS