The West Virginia University baseball
team used a season high in runs to defeat Akron 17-6 in seven innings on
Tuesday evening at Munson Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The game was the third of four meetings between the Mountaineers and
Zips with WVU holding a 2-1 series lead. West Virginia will host Akron
in the final game of the series on Wednesday, May 9.
WVU (15-23) scored 17 runs on 14 hits with one error, while Akron
(14-22) knocked in six runs on seven hits with five errors.
"We kept pecking away and scoring runs to distance ourselves," coach
Greg Van Zant says. "We scored one run in three consecutive innings and
put a couple of big innings on them."
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a
two-run homer by Matt Frazer. The blast to right field was Frazer's
team-leading fifth of the season.
"We came out, got runners on base in the first inning and Frazer hit a
home run to jump ahead 3-0," Van Zant says.
WVU extended the advantage to 5-0 with one run apiece in the third and
fourth innings. The speedy Brady Wilson doubled to lead off the third
inning and was driven in by a Frazer double down the right field line.
Stu Jeck drove in the fifth run for WVU in the fourth inning with a
single down the right field line that scored Billy Fleming from second
Akron scored one run in the bottom of the fourth, but WVU tacked on one
run in the fifth, and then had a four-run sixth inning on a Ryan McBroom
single that resulted in an error charged to Akron, scoring two runs.
Frazer drove in the fourth run of the inning with a double to deep right
center field, bringing the score to 10-1.
The Mountaineers' starting pitcher, left-hander Zach Bargeron, recorded
three strikeouts in five innings on the mound. Bargeron earned his first
win of the season and allowed four runs on four hits. Bargeron was near
flawless through the fifth, and then allowed the first three batters of
the sixth inning to reach base and Pen Nakazato relieved Bargeron.
Nakazato forced his first two batters into outs, before a bases clearing
triple by Akron reduced the WVU lead to 10-4.
"Bargeron went out and gave us five strong innings," Van Zant says. "He
didn't attack the strike zone in the sixth, but he did a good job for us
WVU proved to be relentless and scored seven in the top of the seventh
that included a two-run Wilson single, an RBI groundout by Bobby Boyd
and an RBI single by Nate Antone.
Frazer led the Mountaineers at the plate, with a home run, two doubles,
two runs and four RBIs. The first four batters in the lineup combined
for 10 hits, 11 runs, eight RBIs, three doubles and one home run. In
total, five Mountaineer hitters had at least two hits and six recorded
at least two runs.
This weekend, WVU tangles with Pitt in BIG EAST action at Hawley Field.
Friday's game will begin at 7:05 p.m., and has been designated as a
"Dollar Night" with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas
available for just one dollar. Saturday's game will begin at 2 p.m., and
Sunday's finale has a 1 p.m. start time. The games on Friday and Sunday
will be video streamed through MSNsportsNET.com, while WAJR-1440 AM will
carry the games on the radio.