MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia University baseball team swept a doubleheader against William & Mary on Friday at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (30-19) are on a eight game winning streak.
In Game 1, WVU came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Tribe in an 8-7 walk-off victory in extra frames.
Trailing 7-0 in the seventh inning, head coach Randy Mazey made seven substitutions in the lineup and those guys came up big for the Mountaineers.
“In typical coach Mazey fashion, a lot of times when I’m not happy with the starters I put the subs in,” Mazey said. “But before I did it this time, I told them, I got them all together in the dugout, the seven of them. That’s all I had. If I would of had nine of them, maybe I would of put nine in there but we only had seven subs and I told them, I am not putting you guys in just to get token at bats and get some playing time. I want you guys to win this game. I want you guys to get together and win this game.
“And then when I went out to coach third base, rumor has it, some of those guys, Shaun Wood and some of the older guys that got in there said hey let’s win this thing. Let’s win this thing and that shows great leadership. That shows from a guy that hasn’t played all that much, to be that guy in that kind of situation, shows great leadership. And that’s a great team when you can put seven subs in and come back and win the game.”
Sophomore Shaun Corso was the hero twice, knocking in the game-tying run in the eighth and winning the game in the 10th.
In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, senior pinch-hitter KC Huth struck out but reached base on a wild pitch and Corso walked. Junior pinch hitter Shaun Wood drilled his third home run of the season to right field, pulling WVU within four.
The Mountaineers continued their hot hitting in the eighth. With bases loaded and two outs, Huth cleared the bases with a double to the left-center wall. Corso tied the game with a single through the left side, scoring Huth from second.
Junior first baseman Jackson Cramer reached on a dropped third strike and a throwing error. Freshman Andrew Zitel’s sacrifice bunt moved Cramer to third. With two outs, the Tribe intentionally walked Huth.
Corso came to the plate and delivered a bloop single to right field, scoring Cramer.
Senior righty Blake Smith earned his third win of the season.
Junior right-hander Chad Donato pitched 6.2 innings for the Mountaineers. He surrendered six runs on 11 hits. He struck out six, bringing his season total to 100.
WVU picked up right where they left off when Game 2 got underway on its way to a 7-6 victory.
Sophomore Kyle Davis led off the first inning with a double to center field and advanced to third on Freshman Darius Hill’s fly ball to right.
Ivan Vera grounded out to shortstop Kyle Wrighte, scoring Davis. Cramer gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead when he drilled his eighth home run to left center.
Senior southpaw Ross Vance got in some trouble early in the third inning. He gave up a one-out double to W&M’s Matthew Keane. Left fielder Ryan Hall tied the game 2-2 the next at bat, driving the ball to over the left field wall.
WVU responded in the bottom half of the inning to regain its lead. Cramer’s two-out triple scored Vera. Junior Catcher Ray Guerrini reached on third baseman Ryder Miconi’s throwing error, scoring Cramer and giving the Mountaineers a 4-2 edge.
The Tribe got a run back in the fourth, but WVU would add two more. Davis’ RBI single to center field put the Mountaineers in front 5-3. Hill tacked on another when he doubled down the right field line, scoring Davis from first.
W&M scored one run in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the game 6-6.
But WVU refused to give up. Guerrini singled up the middle, scoring Davis and giving the Mountaineers a 7-6 lead.
Freshman Braden Zarbnisky pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Smith pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, earning his eighth save.
In his final appearance at home, Vance pitched five innings. He gave up six runs on seven hits while striking out eighth.
The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET) for Senior Day.