MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–It was a night for the record books as No. 17 West Virginia defeated George Washington 10-1 on Thursday night.
Alek Manoah broke John Radosevich’s all-time strikeout record in the second inning with 125 and Darius Hill broke Jedd Gyorko’s all-time record for doubles in the eighth with 74.
The Mountaineers (33-18) scored 10 runs on 14 hits. The Colonials (30-23) scored one run on eight hits.
Manoah (8-3) tossed 3.2 innings. He gave up one run on four hits and fanned four.
Nate Woods (3-4) suffered the loss for George Washington.
What are the chances (three) career records that have been held for so long go down on the same night,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “The stars had to line up a little bit on that one. I’m super proud of those guys; they make it fun to coach. What they’ve given to this program in their careers here, people have no idea what goes into being a student-athlete in our program with all the nutrition we throw at them, the sleep that we throw at them, the academics that we throw at them. We’re only allowed to be out here 20 hours per week, but if you want to be a championship-type player, you don’t get the opportunity to take a day off. When you’re not on the field, you still have to act like a champion, and A.K. (Alek Manoah) and Darius – across the board – are as good as anybody I’ve ever had as far as being committed to our program, the culture, doing the right thing on the field, off the field. There couldn’t be two more deserving guys to break career records.”
Tyler Doanes led off the first with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Then Hill’s base hit gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
But the Colonials would tie the game in the second after Manoah issued three straight singles.
In the third, Marques Inman’s base hit to center field gave WVU a 2-1 lead. Then Paul McIntosh’s double plated hill before Ivan Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly gave the Mountaineers a 4-1 advantage.
However, WVU wasn’t done there. Kevin Brophy’s single through the right side scored McIntosh from third. TJ Lake knocked in Brophy with a double to left field and Tevin Tucker dropped a fly ball info right field to extend the lead to 7-1.
Tucker stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch before George Washington finally got out of the frame.
Phillip Dull’s single to right center in the bottom of the seventh pushed the lead to 9-1.
Hill led off the eighth with a double, breaking Jedd Gyorko’s all-time doubles record. Gonzalez’s base hit scored Hill and put the Mountaineers ahead 10-1.
Game two of the series is on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS