Thursday, May 25, 2017

WVU defeats Texas, sweeps series

Jackson Cramer batted 3-4 with three RBI against Texas Sunday at Monongalia County Ballpark. (Photo Credit:  All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks/ WVUSports.com)

Jackson Cramer batted 3-4 with three RBI against Texas Sunday at Monongalia County Ballpark. (Photo Credit: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks/ WVUSports.com)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Junior Jackson Cramer and Freshman Darius Hill powered the West Virginia University baseball team past Texas 9-5 on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Cramer went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Hill went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

The Mountaineers (27-19,11-9 Big 12) swept the Longhorns (21-27, 9-12) in a three-game series, where WVU’s bats outslugged Texas 38-22.

“We took away the strength of their team, their three starting pitchers are as good as anyone in the league,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “We scored early in all three games, so that neutralized everything that they’re about, the way we came out and took the game to them. (Aside from the first two innings Friday, there wasn’t) any point this entire weekend where we didn’t have a lead. That enables you to be looser, a little more aggressive. That was a great weekend for us.”

Patrick Mathis went 4-for-5 for the Longhorns.

Sophomore Conner Dotson made his first start of the season and went six innings. The right-hander gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits.

After a shaky start, Dotson pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth inning.

WVU Randy Mazey talks with the umpire.  (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

WVU Randy Mazey talks with the umpire.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

The Mountaineers took an early lead with three runs in the first and four in the second to go up 7-1 on Texas. Much like Saturday’s game the pesky Longhorns refused to go away.

Freshman Braden Zarbnisky and Kyle Davis started the game with back-to-back walks. The runners moved up on a wild pitch and Hill’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Zarbnisky. Freshman Ivan Vera’s single scored Davis before reaching second on an error.

The error on Texas pitcher Kyle Johnston set up Cramer’s first RBI of the day when the first baseman singled to right.

The Longhorns responded with a run in the top of the second when Tyler Rand’s single scored Zane Gurwitz.

WVU got the run, plus some back in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman Kyle Gray led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Zarbnisky followed with a walk. Back-to-back singles by Davis and Hill scored Gray and Zarbnisky.

Vera’s fielder’s choice scored Davis. Cramer walked, ending Johnston’s afternoon. Junior Ray Guerrini doubled home Vera to give the Mountaineers a 7-1 lead.

Gurwitz blasted a three-run bomb to left field to cut Texas’ deficit to 7-4. The Longhorns added another run in the fourth to pull within two.

But Dotson settled in and that was all WVU needed.

The Mountaineers tacked on an insurance run in the fourth. Hill doubled down the left field line and scored on a base hit from Cramer.

Back-to-back singles from Hill and Vera set Cramer up for his third RBI in the sixth. His single up the middle plated Hill to give WVU a 9-5 advantage.

Mazey called upon his bullpen for the final three innings and they got the job done.

Reliever Jackson Sigman pitched two scoreless innings and senior right-hander Blake Smith pitched a scoreless ninth inning to seal the win.

The Mountaineers are on a five-game winning streak, tying their longest of the season.

WVU remains at home to take on Maryland on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (ET).

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