CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Behind a strong outing from right-hander Conner Dotson, the West Virginia University baseball team salvaged the final game of a three-game series with Charlotte, defeating the 49ers 6-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Dotson pitched six innings, yielding one run on seven hits.
Freshman Alek Manoah pitched the ninth, earning his first collegiate save. He gave up two runs on one hit while walking two.
Freshman center fielder Brandon White went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Mountaineers. Sophomore Darius Hill had two hits and drove in two runs.
Charlotte scored three runs on 12 hits. WVU scored six runs on 12 hits.
Kyle Davis started the game with a double down the left field line and scored on Jackson Cramer’s base hit through the right side to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh, the Mountaineers’ bats caught fire. Braden Zarbnisky reached on a fielder’s choice and White followed with a bloop single back to the pitcher. Brandon Vogler then walked Davis to load the bases, forcing the 49ers to go to the bullpen.
Ivan Gonzalez’s fielder’s choice to second drove in Zarbnisky. Hill’s two-run double to right center put WVU in front 4-0.
Jackson Sigman relieved Dotson in the bottom of the seventh. He got into a bases loaded jam but managed to get out of it, surrendering just one run when Reece Hampton’s single through the right side scored Drew Ober.
But WVU responded in the eighth inning when White double to left center, scoring two and giving the Mountaineers a 6-1 edge.
Charlotte scored a pair of runs off of Manoah in the ninth to pull within 6-3 but Jackson Mims was thrown out on TJ Nichting’s fly out to left field.
WVU’s road swing continues when they take on George Mason in Myrtle Beach, S.C. next Friday at 3 p.m.
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