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Jackson Cramer scores a run during WVU's 6-0 win over Oklahoma in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Jackson Cramer scores a run during WVU's 6-0 win over Oklahoma in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

Written by: Samuel Donato

The West Virginia Baseball team dominated the field against in-state rival Marshall on Tuesday night with a (14-7) win in Morgantown. Jackson Cramer led the way for the Mountaineers going 3-for-6 with a homerun while also bringing in 6 RBIs. Tyler Ratliff led the way for Marshall going 2-for-4 with 2 home runs. After this game, WVU improves its record to (16-10) while dropping Marshall to (12-14). This victory was the Mountaineers third state game with a win while playing against the Fighting Herd. WVU will continue their home field playing Wednesday, April 5th against Morehead State.

         The Mountaineers had a huge offensive game, scoring 14 runs on 16 hits. Marshall had five defensive errors, helping towards that dominant game for the WVU offense. This was the eighth time this season that the WVU offense has scored at least eight runs. Jackson Cramer led the way for the Mountaineers with a team-high four RBI’s off of three hits. Cramer also added a homer into his stat-book, just a triple shy of going for the cycle.

        

         Other players that had a big impact this game are Junior left fielder Kyle David and freshman catcher Chase Illig. Davis added three hits with an RBI to go along with it while Illis had two hits with one RBI.

         “We hit a lot of homers, that’s my favorite play,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “We got a really good offensive team if we don’t get in our own way. Singles don’t really win it for you. Extra-base hits win games, and that’s what we did tonight, we drove some balls and hit some doubles. Cramer gets a home run and a double and Davis doubles, that’s how you win and that’s how you score runs with extra-base hits and they did the same thing. That’s a good offensive team over there. We are up 11-3 in the middle of game with the wind blowing out. You still don’t feel that comfortable, so it’s good to come out of this one with a win.”

         Freshman right hander Isaiah Kearns was on the mound for WVU and put on quite a performance capturing his fourth win of the season leaving the game with a 4-0 record. He pitched 5.2 innings allowing seven runs on nine hits, but also had seven strikeouts to go along with it. Sam Kessler took over to close out the game pitching for 3.1 innings and allowing only just one hit, a triple off of the first batter he face, but ended up striking out four with only one walk. That was his first career save.

         Wednesday, April 5th, the Morehead State Eagles will be coming into Morgantown to play against the Mountaineers with the action starting at 5pm. While WVU’s starting pitcher is still to be determined, senior right-hander Luke Humphreys (2-1, 4.74 ERA) will be on the mound to start the game for Morehead State. The Eagles have been on a roll this season with a record of (22-6), winning the past 9-games giving them second place in the Ohio Valley Conference. The series history between the two teams has WVU with the upper hand with a 9-and-5 record against the Eagles.

         This West Virginia vs. Morehead State begins at 5 p.m ET at Monongalia County Ballpark with tickets and concession stand items for just $1. Tickets are still available by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME, or able for purchased on WVUGAME.com as well as the Mountaineer Ticket Office located at Gate A of Monongalia County Ballpark.

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