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WVU Baseball Notebook: Season Update

Christopher Linkous -

Coach Mazey and his Mountaineers finished .500 in this weekend's tournament splitting one win a piece with Youngstown University and Wake Forest. 

Dan Dierdorff earned the first win of the Mountaineer's season against North Florida last week.  Allowing seven hits, Dierdorff finished 6.1 innings of work with only two earned runs.  Wake Forest hoped to change some of those statistics after getting beat by the Mountaineers 9-2 yesterday. 

Matt Pirro would take the mound for Wake Forest with one win from his last start, allowing two earned runs with five hits and four strike outs. 

Bobby Boyd for the Mountaineers started things off with a single to right center but was quickly thrown out at second to get Wake Forest their first out of the game.  Dierdorff started off strong on the mound striking out first Wake Forest batter, Evan Stephens, ending with no runs allowed for the Mountaineers.

After a quick top of the second, Dierdorff gave up a homer in left field to the first batter of the inning, Jack Carey.  Mountaineers managed to hold the damage to only one run after two walks and a wild pitch followed. 

Taylor Munden earned a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch for the Mountaineers to start the top of the third inning.  Billy Fleming would earn an RBI knocking Munden in from second but was thrown out by the right fielder trying to stretch a single into a double. 

Wake Forest loaded the bases in the bottom half of the third with two singles and a walk against Dierdorff.  A single to left center would score two Wake Forest players leaving base runners on first and second 3-1.  After allowing another single to load the bases Coach Mazey brought in reliever Ryan Tezak to get the three outs and bring the Mountaineers out of a delicate situation.  Tezak would walk in two RBIs before closing out the inning.

Pitching change for the Mountaineers as Marshall Thompson replaced Tezak to begin the bottom of the fourth.  Thompson loaded the bases with two walks and a single before hitting Joey Rodriguez with a pitch driving in another RBI for Wake Forest making the game 6-1. 

Third reliever of the day Zach Bargeron would try and save the Mountaineers from a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the fourth only one out.  A single, double, and infield fielder's choice by Wake Forest extended the lead to 10-1 before finish the fourth inning. 

Wake Forest continued their offensive attack in the fifth with base runners on first and third as relief pitcher Ryan Hostrander took over for Bargeron in the middle of the inning.  Carey who homered earlier in the game would drive in another RBI extending the lead 11-1 for Wake Forest.  Hostrander would strike out the next batter before Mazey sent in fourth reliever of the night Jared Hill with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning with base runners on first and third.  Hill would strikeout his first batter to end the inning for the Mountaineers.    

Top of the eighth Mountaineers fought back on offensive with three singles, double, and sac fly to bring the score 11-3.   RBIs credited to McBroom for his double and Rice for his SAC fly to left field.  

Pitcher, Niko Spezial, would hold scoreless in the ninth for Wake Forest ending the game 11-3 giving the Mountaineers there forth loss of the season (3-4).  Coach Mazey's team finished with eight base hits and only one error committed in the game.   

For more coverage on today's game, visit WVUSports.com or wakeforestsports.com.  Mountaineers will be heading to Myrtle, South Carolina next weekend to participate in the Caravelle Resort Tournament.  Coach Mazey and the team will face Indiana University and UMBC Friday and Saturday morning at 10 a.m. than Florida Atlantic Sunday at 1:30 p.m.  Mountaineer baseball team will finish the tournament with their first home game of the season hosting Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Hawley Field. 

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