HONOLULU–Senior Ross Vance looked sharp yet again as the West Virginia University baseball team defeated Hawaii 4-1 on Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
Vance (3-0) tossed seven innings, allowing one run on four hits. The left hander struck out four and walked two.
The Mountaineers (5-2) scored four runs on 11 hits with one error. The Rainbow Warriors (5-6) were held to one run on six hits and an error.
“I’m happy with how we came back from yesterday,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “Good teams can come back from stuff like that and play a good game right after they play a bad game. We had 11 hits and only scored four runs, but I thought we played well. We pitched well, we played good defense and we swung the bats pretty well.”
Freshman Michael Grove earned his first career save, tossing two scoreless frames.
Junior first baseman Jackson Cramer and freshman Kyle Gray had two hits for WVU. Cramer has now reached base in 28 straight games, the longest streak on the team.
Freshman right fielder Darius Hill and senior center fielder KC Huth both had a hit, an RBI and a run scored.
Huth, sophomore Kyle Davis and Gray extended their team-high hitting streaks to six games.
Kyle Von Ruden (1-1) took the loss. He went eight innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits. He struck out a season-best six batters with no walks
Hill drove in the winning run in the top of the fifth inning. Gray led off the inning with a base hit up the middle and moved to third on a throwing error. Hill’s fly ball to left allowed Gray to score and gave the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead.
WVU struck first in Friday’s contest. Hill doubled to right center in the first. Cramer’s single through the left side brought Hill home.
Hawaii tied the game up in the fourth. Back-to-back singles by right fielder Alex Fitchett and left fielder Alan Baldwin set things in motion foe designated hitter Casey Ryan singled through the right side scoring Fitchett.
The Mountaineers came firing right back with a run in the fifth and a pair of runs in the sixth.
Hill’s sacrifice fly drove home Gray in the fifth.
In the sixth inning, Cramer doubled down the right field line to leadoff the inning. Two outs later Huth drove in Cramer with a base hit to center field. Gray followed with an RBI triple, scoring Huth.
Grove got into a bit of trouble in the eighth inning, his first on the mound, but got out of it. Grove pitched two innings and allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts.
WVU and the Rainbow Warriors return to action on Saturday night at 11:35 p.m. (ET) for game three.