The Mountaineers (27-24; 9-12 Big 12) won game two against Texas Tech (29-22; 12-11 Big 12) at the Monongalia County Ball Park 8-2 Friday evening. They took the series with this win- a good birthday present for third baseman Justin Fox. WV was sitting on the bubble to enter the Big 12 tournament, but now at 9-12 they sit 5th in the conference; these wins will secure a spot in the post season tournament.
“If this team gets hot at the right time, we’re very capable as we showed tonight of scoring a lot of runs against really quality pitching, and not giving up too many hits against really quality hitters,” coach Randy Mazey said. “When our back’s against the wall, we come out fighting which is the sign of a team with a lot of character.”
The Red Raiders struggled Friday evening with their pitching staff, and brought in five pitchers throughout the evening with the loss going to starter Cameron Smith (6-4). He gave up a total of four runs with six strikeouts and two walks in 4.1 innings.
It was a different story for the Mountaineers. Starter Ross Vance (7-4) pitched 7.1 innings and only allowed one run on four strikeouts with four walks and four hits.
Texas Tech took the lead in the first inning after a home run by Cory Raley. However, the rest of the offense came from West Virginia. In the bottom of the first inning with runners on first and third with no outs, short-stop Taylor Munden singled to center field. Then, right fielder Caleb Potter was hit by a pitch to load the bases, which allowed third baseman Justin Fox to score.
At the bottom of the fifth inning the lead was extended to 5-1 with a double by Brad Johnson and followed by Shaun Corso. Corso advanced to third and scored on back to back wild pitches. Munden had another RBI in the bottom of the sixth with two outs which made the lead 6-1 when Huth scored from second. Two more runs came in the bottom of the seventh when Johnson scored on a passed ball, and Huth singled to score Corso.