MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia University baseball team used a three-run eighth inning to help it earn a 7-6 win over Miami (Ohio) on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Trailing, 5-4, the Mountaineers (19-23) picked up a pair of run-producing singles by junior outfielder Austin Davis and sophomore catcher/infielder Matt McCormick to take the lead.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Skylar Gonzalez picked up the win for WVU. Junior right-hander Madison Jeffrey earned his fourth save of the campaign. Kevin Napoleon suffered the loss for the RedHawks.
“The arms that this Miami team is running out there, that’s as good of a pitching staff as we’ll see all year,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “There have some really good arms in that dugout.”
In the bottom of the first, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on McCormick’s two-run blast to right field.
Miami (21-23) cut the deficit in half in the third before WVU added a run in the third and fourth to take a 4-1 lead.
Will Vogelgesang’s sacrifice fly left the RedHawks trailing 4-2 in the fifth.
Lefty Jackson Wolf got the start on the mound for WVU. The senior surrendered two runs (one earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in 6.2 innings of work.
“One thing Jackson has done in the last couple months is not give up any rebound runs,” Mazey said. “Especially at home, if you can throw up a two-spot in an inning, and he can put up a zero, that’s a huge advantage.”
After Mazey lifted Wolf, the Mountaineers gave up three runs in the top of the eighth, setting up for the rally in the bottom half of the frame.
Davis hit an RBI single to left, moments before McCormick gave WVU back the lead with a two-run single up the middle.
Jeffrey allowed a run in the ninth but was able to get two big outs to end the game.
McCormick had four hits and drove in four runs. Davis went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, while sophomore outfielder Victor Scott showcased a 2-for-4 night.
The two teams finish their two-game series on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch set for 4 p.m. ET. Saturday is Senior Day, as the Mountaineers honor five senior student-athletes prior to the start of the contest.
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