The first homerun of the season by Ryan McBroom gets the Mountaineers off to a four-run first inning today against Youngstown State .
Following a tough loss Friday due to errors, John Means started strong on the mound for the Mountaineers by getting two quick outs with a strikeout and a groundout. After a wild pitch and error in left field, YSU showed promise but could not show any results scoring zero runs.
YSU flied out twice and struck out in the top of the fourth with the Mountaineers holding the lead at 4-0 behind pitcher J. Means.
Brady Wilson singled to centerfield igniting the team in the fifth inning after that homerun in the first by McBroom. Catcher, Alan Filauro, followed earning a walk after a long count. YSU's pitcher Patrick O'Brien got Constantini to fly out ending the inning quickly for the Mountaineers.
In the fifth inning Kris Moules earned YSU's first RBI with a single to left field scoring Devin Higgins who was hit at bat earlier in the inning. K. Moules was quickly picked off after the single, ending the top of the fifth with only one run allowed by Mountaineers, J. Means.
Bobby Boyd, second basemen, quickly started the fifth for the Mountaineers with a single to center field. J. Rice singled to third base advancing Boyd to second. Coach Mazey used his speed to attack in the bottom of the fifth with Rice stealing second and Boyd stealing third, scoring at home on a throwing error by YSU's catcher, Josh White, bringing their lead to 5-1.
After walking the first batter for YSU, Josh Harlow replaces J. Means in the top of the sixth giving him one earned run, four hits, and three strikeouts in five innings of work for the Mountaineers. J. Harlow started quickly with a fly out and double play by the Mountaineers defense to end the top of the inning.
Ryan Tuntland continued the trend getting on base with a walk in the bottom of the sixth. Quickly stealing second, Tuntland was in scoring position for B. Wilson and the Mountaineers. Wilson reached on a fielding error by the second basemen while Tuntland hustled all the way from second base to score at home bringing his team to a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth with only one out. Constantini was struck out following Wilson being thrown out at second trying to continue the attack on the base paths.
Seventh inning started with a ground out by YSU before pinch hitter Jason Shirley singled to the right field. Jonas Wellan followed, pinch hitting for the YSU's designated hitter Nick Dinello. Shirley reached third base following a steal and single. YSU would score after a fielder's choice brings Shirley in from third base. Double to right centerfield would score another RBI tying the hits for both teams at seven a piece and the game to a 6-3 score. Pat Shedlock came in to pitch for YSU in the seventh starting with Boyd lining out to the shortstop and two fly outs by the Mountaineers.
Corey Holmes took the mound in the top of the eighth for the Mountaineers allowing zero hits and one walk. Hoping to build on the already 6-3 lead for the Mountaineers, M. Frazer began the eighth inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Kevin Cohen would be picked off after pinch running for Frazer on first base. Taylor Munden pitch ran for Tuntland following the single through the right side of the field and was moved up to second base after an interference call. Mountaineers scored after a single to centerfield by B. Wilson bringing Muden in at home 7-3. Munden stayed on defense at third base for R. Tuntland in the eighth.
YSU threatened in the ninth with a runner in scoring position but could not succeed giving C. Holmes his first save and J. Means his first win this season. Coach Mazey and the team earned their second win of the season and will face Wake Forest later today at 4 p.m.
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