MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Nick Snyder and Kade Strowd held No.4-seeded Fordham to four hits as No.1-seeded West Virginia downed the Rams 6-2 on Friday night in the Morgantown Regional.
The Mountaineers (38-20) scored six runs on six hits. Walks were costly for Fordham (38-23), who issued eight free passes.
John Stankiewicz (8-4) suffered the loss for the Rams. He went just 2.2 innings and gave up three runs on three hits while walking five.
Snyder (9-1) pitched five innings. The southpaw gave up one run on four hits while striking out six.
Strowd earned his first save, going the final four frames. He gave up one run (unearned) on no hits, while walking four and fanning five.
Tyler Doanes had two hits.
Matt Tarabek’s base hit through the right side gave Fordham a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
“I was worried, because you just don’t hit Snyder like that,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “No one has done that all year, and I thought they came out and had a few hits. I thought, ‘Oh lord, what are we in for tonight?’ He settled in and got through a couple more innings and got his stuff back.”
In the third, WVU’s offense erupted and the fans were loud, possibly getting to Stankiewicz. Brandon White walked and Tevin Tucker scored on the wild pitch. Then Darius Hill’s sacrifice fly gave the Mountaineers the lead. With the bases loaded, Ivan Gonzalez walked, making it 3-1.
WVU tacked on two more runs in the sixth when Doanes doubled to right center, plating Gonzalez and Kevin Brophy to make it a 5-1 game.
Gonzalez extended the Mountaineers lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI double to right field.
A throwing error allowed the Rams to cut the deficit to 6-2 in the eighth inning.
Strowd labored through the ninth inning, issuing two walks but he got Jason Coules to groundout to end the game.
Friday’s attendance was 4,355.
“That’s a stadium just full of energy, tonight from the first pitch to the last,” Mazey said. “When you have that much energy in the stadium, you’re exhausted when it’s over. I’m exhausted, and I can only imagine how these guys feel.”
WVU plays No. 3 Duke on Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET) and Fordham plays No. 2 Texas A&M at 2 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo: Shanna Rose, BGS