WACO, Texas–The West Virginia University baseball team came-from-behind to defeat Baylor, 8-4, on Sunday afternoon.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak and was win No. 250 for Mountaineer skipper Randy Mazey.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Ben Hampton (3-0) earned the win for WVU Hayden Kettler (3-2) took the loss for the Bears.
“We’ve been down this whole season and had a chance to get swept, on the road, inside the league, so the guys had every opportunity to pack up the tents,” Mazey said. “We even went down in the game, but to find a way to rally and make a comeback was a good sign.
“Every time you have a good season, there’s always a turning point. Hopefully, this will be it.”
Baylor (21-11, 3-6 Big 12) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a pair of sacrifice flies. Hampton took control from there, retiring the Bears on just four pitches in the second and eight in the third.
Baylor added to its lead in the fourth to make it 3-0. Then the Mountaineers (12-14, 4-5 Big 12) came to life offensively.
Senior infielder Tyler Doanes started the rally with a two-run single in the fifth. Then sophomore outfielder Victor Scott tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center.
In the sixth, redshirt sophomore catcher/outfielder Vince Ippoliti put WVU ahead with an RBI single, setting the stage for Matt McCormick’s two-run homer to make it 6-3 ballgame.
The Mountaineers added a run in the seventh to make it a 7-3 contest.
Hampton finished the day strong, tossing a career-high 6.2 innings. He allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts on 76 pitches.
“When we get a good start with a guy pitching into the seventh inning, we have a good chance to have success,” Mazey said.
WVU extended its lead to 8-3 in the eighth when freshman infielder Mikey Kluska singled to right center, scoring fifth-year senior Kevin Brophy.
Ippoliti, McCormick and Doanes all had two RBI.
The Mountaineers return home to take on in-state foe Marshall on Wednesday, April 14, at Monongalia County Ballpark. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS