The West Virginia University baseball team was able to win their 19th consecutive home midweek game on the backs of 10 pitchers, in a 4-1 victory over Marshall on Tuesday evening.
Freshman Carlson Reed got his second straight midweek start for the Mountaineers, and was able to limit the Marshall offense from getting going early. Reed (3-4) finished throwing three innings, giving up one run on two hits, walking four batters and striking out four.
After Reed, the West Virginia (18-23) bullpen got used in a very unique way. Head coach Randy Mazey called upon multiple pitchers that had not seen a lot of playing time so far this season. Four of the 10 pitchers who pitched today for the Mountaineers had not thrown more than 10 innings this season.
Especially when you get this late in the year it’s hard to use all the guys you need to use,” Mazey said. “It’s not easy to pitch once a month, it’s not easy to hit once a month. It’s a lot easier to perform when you do it all the time. We will try and get those guys out there as much as we can so they are better the next time out.”
The first pitcher that came out of the bullpen for the Mountaineers was Tim Wynia. Coming into today’s game, Wynia had only appeared in eight games, but was able to not allow Marshall (8-33) to record a hit. Austin Davis made a diving catch in the gap between center field and right field to rob Marshall and help Wynia’s efforts.
“I saw him hit the ball in the gap, and got a good jump off it,” Davis said. “I just let my athleticism take over.”
Four Mountaineer pitchers then combined to pitch the next three innings. These four pitchers combined to walk two batters, strike out five, and not allow a hit. The pitching carousel continued in the eighth inning, as Mazey used three pitchers to get around two walks in the inning, and left Marshall hitless again.
The West Virginia offense did its damage early in the game and then was held in check for the most part.
In the second inning, West Virginia got started with three straight singles, with the third single putting the Mountaineers on the board after Nathan Blasick singled into left field. The next batter Victor Scott then flied out to score the Mountaineers second run of the evening. Austin Davis then added a single to put West Virginia ahead 3-0.
In the third inning, Paul McIntosh continued his home run tear. McIntosh hit his third home run in the last five games, to give the Mountaineers their fourth run and put them up 4-1.
The West Virginia offense finished with 10 hits on the day, but was unable to piece anything together following McIntosh’s solo blast in the third.
The bullpen was dominant today, as Marshall was not able to get a hit after Reed was taken out of the game following the fourth inning. The bullpen combined for 10 strikeouts, with Madison Jeffery earning the save (3) and striking out two batters in the ninth inning.
Tonight’s victory gives West Virginia the season series against in state rival Marshall. This weekend the Mountaineers will host Miami (Ohio) in a three game series this weekend, with the first game set for Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Photo by Dale Sparks, WVU