MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Kyle Davis drove in a career-high-tying five RBI as the West Virginia University baseball team blasted Gardner-Webb 15-5 on Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The junior left fielder had three hits, including a triple that opened the scoring frenzy in the third. Davis scored three runs.
Ivan Gonzalez and Darius Hill both had three hits for the Mountaineers (29-20).
BJ Myers (4-2) picked up the win, tossing 5.1 innings. He gave up five runs on 11 hits while striking out five.
“Yeah, we scored more runs today than we have in I think the last four-to-five games combined,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “That’s what you want to do late in the year, you want to keep getting better. I thought our guys’ approach at the plate today and our swings and everything fell into place pretty nicely. Better to have a 15-run game right now than in March. I’m feeling pretty good as we stand here today about our offense.”
In the first inning, the Bulldogs (22-26) jumped out to an early lead. With one out Corey Howard doubled down the left field line. He advanced to third on Collin Thacker’s base hit and scored on Danny Sullivan’s sacrifice fly to deep left field.
WVU responded in the bottom half when Braden Zarbnisky walked, stole second and scored on Davis’ single up the middle.
Gardner-Webb regained the lead in the second after back-to-back doubles from Justin Kunz and Matt Simmons.
After Hill’s leadoff double to right field, he crossed the plated on Jimmy Galusky’s groundout.
Myers pitched a 1-2-3 third and the Mountaineers took their first lead in the bottom half of the inning. WVU began the frame with two straight singles and both Kyle Gray and Gonzalez scored on Davis’ standup triple.
Cramer’s groundout plated Davis and gave the Mountaineers a 5-2 advantage.
The Bulldogs would pick up a run in the fifth and two in the sixth. However, WVU’s bats continued to flourish. The Mountaineers tacked on four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Davis drove in his fifth RBI in seventh with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Chase Illig.
In the eighth, Illig’s single through the right side scored Hill and gave WVU a 13-5 edge. And Andrew Zitel followed with a two-run bomb down the left field line.
The Mountaineers and Gardner-Webb will wrap up the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. WVU will honor seniors Jackson Cramer and Jackson Sigman before the game.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS