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WVU tops Pitt in Backyard Brawl

PITTSBURGH–The West Virginia University baseball team defeated Pitt 8-4 in the Backyard Brawl on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

The Mountaineers (13-9) have won five straight at Charles L. Cost Field and have won eight of their last 12 against the Panthers (11-11).

WVU scored eight runs on seven hits. Jackson Cramer and Cole Austin both had two hits for the Mountaineers. Ivan Gonzalez had a hit and two RBI.

 “I don’t care what the score was, when you say you got a win at Pitt, that’s always a great win for our program,” WVU head coach Randy Mazey said. “For recruiting, for the fans, for all the people that make up Mountaineer nation, we love to beat Pitt. We came up here and set the tone pretty early, scoring two runs on a suicide squeeze, taking the lead and throwing four freshmen at them, and they did a really good job.”
Isaiah Kearns (3-0) pitched 3.2 strong innings. He allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts.
Four other relievers followed Kearns, allowing one run on one hit in 4.2 innings through the eighth inning.
Cramer led off the fourth inning with a base hit up the middle. Austin reached on a bunt single down the third base line. Cramer and Austin moved up 90 feet on Darius Hill’s bunt and both scored on Gonzalez’s perfectly placed suicide squeeze.
In the fifth, the Mountaineers tacked on five unearned runs on three errors and three hits. Kyle Davis reached on P.J. DeMeo’s error, allowing Brandon White to score. Then Cramer singled through the right side.  Austin reached on a routine fly ball that was dropped by the right fielder, scoring Davis from second and Cramer from first.
Hill’s single to right field drove in Austin from second. Gonzalez’s infield single and Caleb Parry’s error allowed Hill to score the final run of the inning, giving WVU a 7-0 lead.
“Any time someone makes a bad play on defense, you want to capitalize on it. They did that, and we did,” Mazey said. “We kept scoring, and kept scoring. Good teams take advantage of opportunities like that, and we did.”
Jacob Wright got Pitt on the scoreboard with a solo homer in the seventh.
The Mountaineers added another run in the ninth before the Panthers attempted a late surge.
With the bases loaded, Parry’s groundout scored one. Nick Banman’s double drove in two more but Jackson Sigman got a strikeout to end the game.
WVU travels to Oklahoma State for three games with the Cowboys on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
 Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS
Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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