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Strong third inning powers WVU baseball to 7-1 win over Morehead State

The West Virginia University baseball team defeated Morehead State by a score of 7-1 on Tuesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. 

The West Virginia (7-5, 0-0 Big 12) offense got going in the third inning. After getting two quick outs, the top of the Mountaineers order was able to come through in a big way. It started with a hit by pitch to Austin Davis, then a single by Hudson Byorick, followed by a walk to Paul McIntosh.

That loaded the bases for freshman Mikey Kluska who hit a triple down the right field line, to clear the bases and put WVU up 3-0. The offense did not stop there as back to back singles from Victor Scott and Dominic Ragazzo helped to push the Mountaineers lead to 5-0. 

After getting the early run support, the pitching staff was able to limit Morehead State to only one run and four hits. 

Freshman Ben Hampton got the start today for the Mountaineers. He pitched four innings, giving up one run, two hits and striking out four. 

Coach Steve Sabins said, “he set the tone. It’s not easy to do what he’s done. He goes out as a freshman and has been dominant up to this point.”

The rest of the Mountaineer pitching staff was able to follow up on Hampton’s efforts. The Mountaineers had three pitchers pitch the next five innings, striking out a combined eight batters and holding Morehead State to only two hits and giving up no runs. 

In the eighth inning, the Mountaineers offense once again was able to come through plating two more runs highlighted by a Victor Scott double to put the game out of reach and put the Mountaineers up 7-1. 

Scott said, “it feels really good. Just love being back out there with the guys. The team we faced today was very competitive and we just came out with a higher energy and we were ready to go today.” 

Next up, the Mountaineers will conclude this mid-week series against Morehead State tomorrow March 17, at Monongalia County Ballpark with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.

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