MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–On Senior Day, the 17th-ranked West Virginia University baseball team defeated George Washington 13-2 on Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Prior to the game, four seniors Darius Hill, Zach Reid, Ivan Gonzalez and Andrew Zitel were honored. Afterwards Mountaineer graduates Hill, Reid, Zitel, senior Braden Zarbnisky and juniors Chase Illig, TJ Lake, Dillon Meadows and Cody Wood were presented their diplomas in a graduation ceremony.
WVU (34-18) scored 13 runs on 19 hits. The Colonials (30-24) scored two runs on seven hits.
Kade Strowd (5-5) picked up the win for the Mountaineers. He tossed four innings, surrendering two runs on four hits while striking out four. Jackson Wolf pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
Sam Kessler, Reid and Madison Jeffrey each pitched a scoreless inning for WVU.
Hill went 4-for-4 with five RBI. He had two doubles and a home run in the seventh.
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Hill doubled to right field, plating Tyler Doanes. Then Marques Inman’s sacrifice fly scored Brandon White from third. Paul McIntosh doubled home Hill and scored on Gonzalez’s base hit.
George Washington cut the deficit to 4-2 in the fourth when Dom D’Alessandro blasted a two-run homer over the left field wall.
WVU tacked on an additional run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to go ahead 7-2.
In the eighth, the Mountaineers’ offense erupted for four more runs to take a 13-2 lead. In his last regular season at-bat, Zitel homered to right field. Then White’s single scored Tucker and Hill’s second double of the game knocked in White and Doanes.
Randy Mazey pulled his three seniors, Hill, Gonzalez and Zitel in the ninth. The three walked off the field with their arms around each other to a standing ovation.
WVU will travel to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 Tournament, which begins on Wednesday morning.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS