MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The third-seeded Duke baseball team upset top-seeded West Virginia in the Morgantown Regional on Saturday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Blue Devils (33-25) scored four runs on four hits. The Mountaineers (38-21) were held scoreless and limited to six hits.
Starter Alek Manoah pitched six innings for WVU. He surrendered four runs on four hits while striking out nine. However, he walked four and hit a batter.
“(He was) maybe a little bit off, but he’s the ultra-competitor,” assistant coach Steve Sabino said. “He’s the guy that our whole team revolves around. I always talk to Coach (Randy) Mazey, about 15 games in, I quit questioning anybody’s want, desire, passion (or the) energy of this ball club. They just bring it every day.”
Duke Starter Bryce Jarvis went eight scoreless frames. He walked just one batter and struck out 11.
Darius Hill led the Mountaineers with three hits.
With two outs, Manoah gave up a double to Matt Mervis, who scored on Michael Rothenberg’s triple to center field. Then Rothenberg scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
The Blue Devils extended their lead to 4-0 in the third when things didn’t go WVU’s way. Manoah issued walks to Mervis and Rothenberg. Then he fanned Kyle Gallagher. But things went awry after that. Joey Loperfido was called out at home on a fielder’s choice but a review overturned the call.
At that point, Mountaineers head coach Randy Mazey argued the review and was ejected from the game. Chris Crabtree’s base hit to center field then gave Duke a four-run lead.
WVU made noise in the sixth when Hill doubled and went to third on a passed ball but Jarvis struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Centerfielder Brandon White suffered a scary moment in the first inning after crashing into the wall. He appeared injured on the play but stayed in the game.
The Mountaineers take on No.2-seeded Texas A&M on Sunday at noon. Winner moves on to face Duke later that evening.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS