The in-state rivalry between West Virgina and Marshall continued Tuesday afternoon as the Mountaineers and Thundering Herd took the baseball field. In the first inning, Marshall jumped ahead 1-0. West Virginia’s #3 Taylor Munden and #40 Kyle Davis answered by hitting back-to-back home run’s in the bottom of the third inning. In the fourth, Marshall tied the game at two and the game remained tied until the eighth inning.
Munden started off the eighth inning by hitting a single, followed by sophomore designated hitter Ray Guerrini and senior left fielder Brad Johnson were walked. Fans at the Mon County Ball Park began to cheer as Huth faced a full count with two outs. With the bases loaded Junior center fielder KC Huth was walked allowing Taylor Munden, the go-ahead run, to score.
The Thundering Herd (13-26) pitching staff allowed four hits on three errors while the Mountaineers allowed two hits on no errors. The win was awarded to #30 Adam Keller (1-1), and the save to #36 Blake Smith (4).
Keller in his three inning pitched, allowed one hit and one run with four strikeouts. Smith as the closer came in for the top of the ninth and allowed no hits and no runs and one strikeout.
The loss went to Marshall’s #13 Kolin Stanley (2-1) when in two innings, he allowed one run on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts.
Despite the win, coach Randy Mazey believed his team seemed to be unmotivated, “I think our guys looked at the stat sheet today and saw that their starting pitcher had over a 10.00 ERA and they thought it was going to be easy. That kid went out and pitched a really good game. That’s what happens every time you think it’s going to be easy.”
Mazey also said, “You have to find a way to motivate yourself to be really good no matter who you face.”
Taylor Munden commented, “Obviously, we get more excited about Big 12, but we need to work on getting better at coming out at midweek games… but we need to work on being more intense for midweek games.”
The Mountaineers will return to Big 12 action as they take on Kansas in the three game series starting on Friday night. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. followed by an interview with coach Randy Mazey over the loud speaker and post-game fireworks by Coca-Cola.