PITTSBURGH, Pa.–The West Virginia University baseball team defeated Pitt 10-4 on Tuesday during the diamond version of the Backyard Brawl.
The Mountaineers (32-19) extended their winning streak to a nation-best 10 games.
Freshman third baseman Ivan Vera went 4-for-5 and scored two runs. Freshman shortstop Jimmy Galusky went 4-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored.
Freshman Braden Zarbnisky earned the win for WVU. He tossed three innings, surrendering four runs on five hits.
Sam Mersing suffered the loss for the Panthers (25-24). He pitched 3.2 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.
The Mountaineers took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Vera led off the inning with a triple to right center. Junior first baseman Jackson Cramer followed with a double to left center. Junior catcher Ray Guerrini’s base hit advanced Cramer to third and he scored on freshman Kyle Gray’s sacrifice fly. Galusky’s bunt single drove in Guerrini from third.
WVU added another run in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Sophomore Kyle Davis led off the third with a solo shot to left center.
Pitt tied the game 4-4 in the bottom half of the third. After a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for the Panthers, Alex Kowalczyk hit a clutch two-out, bases clearing double. Frank Maldonado followed with a base hit up the middle, scoring Kowalczyk.
The Mountaineers regained the lead in the fourth when Galusky scored on Zarbnisky’s groundout.
WVU added an insurance run in the eighth when Guerrini drove a bomb over the left field wall. It was his sixth home run of the season, giving the Mountaineers a 6-4 advantage.
A four-run ninth sealed the victory for WVU. A walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases for Cramer. The first baseman’s sacrifice fly scored freshman Cole Austin.
Freshman Darius Hill scored on a fielder’s choice to give the Mountaineers an 8-4 lead. Gray doubled to right field, plating Guerrini and Vera.
WVU will wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at Texas Tech beginning on Friday.