PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Nick Snyder pitched a solid game as No. 17 West Virginia defeated Pitt 9-4 in the Backyard Brawl at PNC Park.
Snyder pitched seven innings. He gave up one run on three hits while striking out 11 for the Mountaineers (32-18).
WVU scored nine runs on 13 hits. After coming off a series victory over then-No. 11 UNC, the Panthers (20-32) scored four runs on four hits.
“Great win for the Mountaineers,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “I told the guys in the postgame huddle, when you start the season, I tell the team all the time that you want to be playing your best baseball at the end of the year. Everything that you go through during the season – the wins, the losses, the traveling, getting walked off to walking off, learning about your team, shuffling lineups – it’s all really, really valuable experience, and if you learn from it, that’s how you play your best baseball at the end of the year. I think we are right now.
“We wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are this year without these two guys beside me (senior outfielder Darius Hill and Snyder), and I’m just happy to have them in the program and doing as well as they’re doing. But I really like where the Mountaineers are right now.”
Darius Hill had two doubles for the Mountaineers, tying Jedd Gyrko’s all-time double record.
Pitt jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Nico Popa blasted a solo home run to left field.
However, WVU came barreling back in the top of the third. TJ Lake led off the inning with a double. Then Tevin Tucker reaches on a bunted base hit. With runners at the corners, Tyler Doanes doubled home Lake.
Brandon White’s ground out plated Tucker and Hill’s double to left center made it a 3-1 game.
The Mountaineers tacked on two more runs in the fifth, taking a 5-1 lead.
In the sixth, WVU took a 6-1 lead when Hill’s two-out double drove in White.
Lake extended WVU’s lead to 7-1 in the seventh with an RBI double in the left field corner. Doanes followed with a two-run double to right field.
Dillon Meadows cane on to pitch the eighth and gave up a three-run homer to Cole MacLaren cutting the Panthers’ deficit to 9-4.
The Mountaineers return home for the final series of the season beginning on Thursday.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS