Friday, September 22, 2017

WVU outslugs No. 18 Coastal Carolina

CONWAY, S.C.–West Virginia University scored six runs in the fourth inning and eight in the ninth as the Mountaineers pounded No. 18 Coastal Carolina 22-9 on Saturday afternoon at Springs Brooks Stadium as part of the ninth-annual Caravelle Resort Tournament.

Jackson Cramer went 5-for-7 with six RBI and four runs scored, including a three-run home run in the ninth. Darius Hill had four hits and four RBI with a homer in the first.

“Five hits and six RBIs, Jackson is in the middle of the lineup to drive runs in, and the guys ahead of him are in the lineup to get on base,”head coach Randy Mazey said. “Everybody did what they were supposed to do today. That’s good for Jackson, he’ll put his toes in the box tomorrow feeling really comfortable.”

Braden Zarbnisky, Kyle Davis, Marques Inman and Jimmy Galusky each contributed three hits apiece.

The Mountaineers scored 22 runs on 29 hits.

We’ve been waiting for this offense to break out, and we did it in grand fashion today,” Mazey said. “Everyone in the lineup swung the bat really well, and they all did it at the same time, which we’re very capable of doing. But, that’s not going to happen every day. You usually count on two, three or four guys to do it, but it seemed like we were all doing it at the same time today.”

The two teams combined to hit 10 home runs, the most ever at Springs Brooks Stadium.

Starting pitcher Michael Grove lasted only three innings. He gave up four runs on three hits while walking three.

Josh Crump led the Chanticleers with two long balls.

Kyle Davis led off the game with a base hit up the middle and scored on Hill’s homer to right center.

WVU tacked on another run in the third, taking a 3-0 lead.

However, the defending National Champs took the lead back during the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs on three hits.

Trailing 4-3, the Mountaineers’ bats exploded in the fourth inning. Galusky, Davis and Zarbnisky started the frame with consecutive singles. Hill’s base hit through the right side scored Galusky. Next, Cramer hit a two-run double and Cole Austin hit a three-run home run to give WVU a 9-4 advantage.

Coastal Carolina got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth as Cameron Pearce’s leadoff dinger cut the deficit to four.

The Mountaineers added three more runs in the fifth to go ahead 12-5.

The Chanticleers got home runs from Pearcey and Crump in the bottom of the inning to make it a 12-7 contest.

Once again, WVU responded when Galusky hit a leadoff home run in the sixth to regain a six-run lead. A leadoff walk in the seventh and double by TJ Lake gave the Mountaineers a 14-7 edge.

Crump’s second homer of the afternoon came in the seventh with a solo shot over the left-center field wall. Coastal Carolina tallied another run in the eighth.

But WVU blew the game wide open in the ninth, scoring eight runs on seven hits. The Mountaineers sent 11 men to the plate.

The inning started with back-to-back home runs by Inman and Ivan Gonzalez. Davis’ RBI single, an unearned run and a Hill RBI single. The scoring was capped by a three-run bomb by Cramer.

WVU’s 56 at-bats is a new school record.

The Mountaineers will host Ball State on Sunday afternoon at 11 a.m. and will cap off the Caravelle Resort Tournament on Monday at noon against the Chanticleers.

 

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