HONOLULU–The West Virginia University baseball team used an offensive explosion to beat Hawaii 9-2 on Sunday at Les Murakami Stadium and split the four game series.
The Mountaineers (7-3) got strong pitching performances by four different pitchers to beat the Rainbow Warriors (6-7).
WVU scored nine runs on 13 hits.
Freshman pitcher Tanner Campbell made his debut as a starter. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits through 4.1 innings.
Sophomore Conner Dotson (2-0) relieved Campbell and earned the win. He tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing two hits and striking out four.
Freshman Right fielder Darius Hill had three hits and two RBI for the Mountaineers. He finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Catcher Ray Guerrini had three hits including a home run in the second and one in the eighth.
Kyle Davis has now reached base in 28 straight games. Jackson Cramer’s double in the third marked the 30th consecutive game that he reached base.
Freshman Kyle Gray’s base hit in the second extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Josh Pigg tossed three innings for Hawaii, surrendering three runs (two earned) on seven hits. He struck out two and walked one.
WVU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Hill singled to left field and scored when freshman Cole Austin doubled him home.
Guerrini’s homer gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead in the second.
Cramer added to WVU’s lead in the top of the third when he doubled to right center, scoring Austin.
Guerrini led off the fourth with a double down the left field line and scored on Davis’ base hit two batters later.
After two 1-2-3 innings, Campbell ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth. Third baseman Johnny Weeks lined a single to shallow center, moved to second on a balk and reached third on a grounder. He scored on left fielder Alan Baldwin’s base hit through the right side.
Campbell would get into a jam and see his afternoon end after hitting catcher Kekai Ross and walking center fielder Matt LoCoco to load the bases. Dotson came on and gave up a base hit to Jacob Sheldon-Collins to make it a 4-2 deficit.
The Mountaineers would add on three more in the seventh. Freshman shortstop Jimmy Galusky led off the inning with a triple to right center. Davis walked and Hill doubled home Galusky and Davis to give WVU a 6-2 lead. Hill would then score on a wild pitch and a throwing error by Ross.
Guerrini’s second homer of the game in the eighth made it 8-2 before freshman pinch hitter Marques Inman reached on a fielder’s choice and brought home Davis.
Senior reliever Jeff Hardy tosses a scoreless eighth and Blake Smith threw a scoreless ninth.
The Mountaineers return home for the home opener at Monongalia County Ballpark on March 11-13 as they battle Old Dominion.