Friday, November 17, 2017

WVU baseball splits doubleheader with Old Dominion Friday

Norfolk, Va. — Coming off of two games in Louisiana on Tuesday and Wednesday, the WVU baseball team took on the Old Dominion Monarchs in Norfolk, Virginia Friday.

The Mountaineers fell in game one of the days doubleheader, 8-4.

Junior, right-handed pitcher BJ Myers pitched the first six innings of game one for WVU, giving up five hits, three runs and recording three strikeouts. Freshman, right-handed pitcher Ryan McDonald pitched 2.1 innings and threw two strikeouts. Jackson Sigman, senior right-handed pitcher, came in to close out the game throwing for 0.1 innings.

Redshirt freshman Chase Illig lead the Mountaineers in the batters box in game one even with the least number of at bats of two. He hit the teams only home run in the game which gave the Mountaineers two of its three points. Sophomores Kyle Gray and Marques Inman’s hits scored WVU’s two other points.

Old Dominion scored its eight points on eights hits including a home run by Seth Woodard.

After the loss, the Mountaineers turned their focus to game two.

Junior infielder Kyle Davis runs to first base after a hit in the Big 12 baseball tournament in 2016. (Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS)

Junior infielder Kyle Davis runs to first base after a hit in the Big 12 baseball tournament in 2016. (Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS)

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Michael Grove started on the mound, and threw five no-hit innings leading the Mountaineers to take the win in game two by a score of 3-1. In his five innings of pitching, Grove tallied 11 strikeouts and threw 85 pitches, 53 of which were strikes.

 

Junior infielder Kyle Davis put the Mountaineers on the board first with a single home run to left field, his second of the season. The Mountaineers scored its three points on eight hits all coming from different players.

Sophomore right-hander Michael Grove throws a pitch versus Baylor last season at Monongalia County Ballpark. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Sophomore right-hander Michael Grove throws a pitch versus Baylor last season at Monongalia County Ballpark. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Freshman, right-handed pitcher Kade Strowd relieved Grove and kept the no-hit streak going until the Monarchs Zach Rutherford hit a leadoff double in the seventh inning. Rutherford would go onto score his teams only run of the game.

Strowd left the game after a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and was relieved by freshman right-hander, Alek Manoah. Manoah earned his second save of the season after Old Dominion went scoreless in the ninth inning.

The Mountaineers will take on the Monarchs for game three at 3 p.m. Saturday before traveling home for the first home game of the season at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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