THIBODAUX, La–Behind a strong start from Isaiah Kearns, the West Virginia University baseball team won its sixth straight with an 8-1 victory over Nicholls on Thursday.
Kearns (2-0) pitched 5.2 innings of one-hit baseball, striking out five for the Mountaineers (6-2).
“He wasn’t nervous at all in his first start of his freshman year,” WVU head coach Randy Mazey said. “He went out there and threw all three of his pitches for strikes, kept them off-balance and had good velocity. His changeup was really good and he mixed in his slider when he needed. He really had control of the whole game the whole night.”
Jackson Cramer had two hits and two RBI. Redshirt freshman Chase Illig picked up his first collegiate hit in the fourth.
Kyle Knauth had three hits and drove in the Colonels (4-5) lone run.
Jimmy Galusky gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead in the third inning when he tripled and scored on Kyle Davis’ fielder’s choice to second base.
WVU broke out the bats in the fourth. Back-to-Back triples from Marques Inman and Illig gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 edge. TJ Lake followed with a double down the left field line.
Galusky’s bunt single moved Lake up 90 feet, allowing him to score on Brandon White’s groundout to shortstop. The sophomore later scored on a base hit from Darius Hill, giving the Mountaineers a 5-0 advantage.
Cramer’s two-run bomb to right center put WVU ahead 7-0.
The Mountaineers tacked on another run in the seventh when White’s sacrifice fly scored Illig.
Nicholls scored an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning. Lee Clark walked and advanced to third on Kade Strowd’s throwing error. He scored on Knauth’s double to left center.
The Colonels threatened in the bottom of the ninth but Alek Manoah got out of a bases loaded jam.
WVU remains in Louisiana and battles Tulane for a three-game series in New Orleans on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Cover Photo Credit: WVU Baseball Twitter