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WVU Baseball Gets Win Over Marshall

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Randy Mazey and the Mountaineers have won each of their first three Big 12 series. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Randy Mazey and the Mountaineers have won each of their first three Big 12 series. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

Written by: Joel Norman

Behind a big day from Ivan Gonzalez, No. 21 West Virginia defeated Marshall, 8-4, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia.   

The Mountaineer sophomore catcher led the offense by driving in three runs with a 4-5 day and finished a triple short of the cycle. Despite the eight runs that WVU scored, Gonzalez and third baseman Cole Austin were the only Mountaineers to collect multiple hits. Every WVU starter besides second baseman Kyle Gray collected at least one hit.

Freshman Riley Troutt entered the game in fifth inning and pitched five scoreless innings to close out the game and get his first collegiate inning. Troutt has made eight appearances in 2017 and has yet to give up a run in 13 innings of work.

WVU got off to a hot start in the first inning. The Mountaineers sent seven men to the plate and scored twice to take a lead that they would never relinquish.

In the fifth, Kyle Davis blasted his fifth home run of the season over the left field wall to extend WVU’s lead to 5-2.

WVU scored at least one run in all but one of the first six innings. The Mountaineers have scored at least five runs in each of their last four games against the Thunder Herd, dating back to Apr. 5, 2016. The last time that WVU did not score at least five runs against Marshall (Apr. 28, 2015), the Mountaineers lost, 3-2.

Kade Strowd started for WVU and gave up three runs (all earned) on five hits in four innings. Strowd faced one batter in the fifth inning, walking Marshall third baseman Tyler Ratliff, before Isaiah Kearns replaced him. Strowd struggled with his command again, walking four batters. In three starts this season, Strowd has combined to walk nine batters in 12 innings pitched.

The Herd had an excellent opportunity to tie the game up in that fifth inning. After Ratliff walked, he eventually came around to score. After Kearns walked second baseman Sam Finfer. Riley Troutt relieved Kearns and allowed a single, struck out a batter, then got a second out on a fielder’s choice to retire the runner going to third, but Ratliff scored from third. After an error at third base by Austin, Marshall tacked on another run, but would strand two runners and Troutt got out of the jam.

The Mountaineers would respond immediately in the top of the sixth. After Gray walked with one out, Gonzalez homered to left field to make it 7-4, WVU.

WVU’s next game is Friday in Manhattan as the Mountaineers take on the Kansas State Wildcats for the first of a three-game weekend series at 5 p.m.

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