MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 17, 2021) – The West Virginia University baseball team earned a 4-2 win over Morehead State on Wednesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The victory completed a two-game sweep of the Eagles, and it marked the Mountaineers’ third straight win. What’s more, WVU extended its streak of consecutive midweek, nonconference, home victories to 15, dating back to April 3, 2017.
WVU finished with four runs on six hits with no errors, while Morehead State tallied two runs on six hits with two errors. Freshman right-handed pitcher Tyler Chadwick earned his first career win on the mound, while junior right-hander Madison Jeffrey was credited with the save. Morehead State’s Cory Conway took the loss.
“The guys have worked extremely hard and had a plan,” WVU assistant coach Steve Sabins said. “Some of the performances we saw over the last two days don’t happen without work on the front end. The guys had a good plan, they executed it, and it felt like the freest our players have played, so that was really nice to see.”
Freshman right-hander Carlson Reed made his first career start for the Mountaineers (7-5) on Wednesday, tossing three scoreless innings in a no decision. The Marietta, Georgia, native allowed just two hits and struck out a pair.
Morehead State (7-9) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth with an RBI double off Chadwick. But in the bottom half, WVU struck for three runs to take a lead it would never relinquish.
First, senior catcher/outfielder Paul McIntosh tallied a sacrifice fly to tie the game, before sophomore outfielder Victor Scott smashed a two-run homer to right to make it 3-1.
From there, MSU scored again in the sixth when WVU walked in a run, cutting the host’s lead to just one. However, sophomore right-hander Skylar Gonzalez was able to limit the damage, registering an inning-ending strikeout with the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the eighth, McIntosh grabbed an insurance run for his squad with a towering blast that hit the top of the scoreboard in left-center to make it a two-run game again. McIntosh finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Jeffrey made it look easy in the ninth, striking out the side to complete the sweep for the Mountaineers. The save was the first for the Barboursville, West Virginia, native this season.
Along with McIntosh, freshman infielder Mikey Kluska finished 3-for-4 to lead West Virginia offensively. On the mound, redshirt sophomore right-hander Noah Short pitched 1.2 innings, while redshirt sophomore righty Daniel Ouderkirk was dominant in 1.1, hitless innings to help the cause.
With the win, WVU improved to 13-6 all-time against the Eagles.
Next up, the Mountaineers continue their March homestand with a three-game, weekend series against Coastal Carolina from March 19-21, at Monongalia County Ballpark. Friday’s series opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET, while Saturday and Sunday’s matchups are slated for 3 p.m., and 12 p.m., respectively.