Junior first baseman Ryan McBroom hit a home run to tie the game and a single to win the game, 4-3, as the WVU baseball team completed a four-game sweep of New Orleans on Saturday afternoon at Hawley Field.
The sweep improves WVU's record to 15-13 overall (3-3 Big 12) and the Mountaineers have now won their last five contests.
Trailing 3-2 entering the sixth inning, McBroom tied the game with his third home run in as many games with a blast to left field. The home run now gives McBroom six for the season, tying him with junior designated hitter Matt Frazer for the team lead.
McBroom then drove in junior left fielder Jacob Rice from second base with a single through the left side in the eighth inning to give WVU the go-ahead 4-3 lead.
McBroom finished the afternoon with two hits, two runs and two RBIs, while sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd had two hits with one RBI.
Freshman righty Ryan Hostrander picked up his second win of the year, pitching 2.0 innings of perfect relief and striking out one. Junior right-hander Pascal Paul earned his fourth save, allowing one hit with one strikeout in the ninth inning. Sophomore lefty John Means took the no-decision, pitching 6.0 innings. He allowed two earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
New Orleans forced WVU to make two comebacks during the game as starter Blake Prest earned a no-decision for the Privateers, allowing one earned run on six hits in 7.0 innings. He struck out three and walked one. Garrett Manning took the loss in relief of Prest, giving up one run on one hit with two walks in 0.1 innings.
New Orleans took an early 1-0 in the top of the second as Reese Kanter scored on a Tim Broussard sacrifice fly.
The lead did not last long as the Mountaineers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. McBroom scored on a RBI ground out by junior shortstop Michael Constantini to tie the game at 1-1, and senior right fielder Brady Wilson hit an RBI single to left field, scoring sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming.
The Privateers took advantage of an error in the top of the fourth to once against take the lead at 3-2. Jonathan Coco reached on McBroom's error and came around to score on a Zacary Hawkins single to right field, tying the game. Kanter gave New Orleans the lead, scoring on a single to left field by Zach Liberto.
Kanter led New Orleans with two hits and two runs.
WVU returns to action at Hawley Field on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. against Marshall. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.