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Randy Mazey waves KC Huth home in a WVU loss to TCU in the Big 12 championship game. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Randy Mazey waves KC Huth home in a WVU loss to TCU in the Big 12 championship game. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

Written by: Samuel Donato

After a dominant pitching performance by the bullpen and and pulling in six runs in the fourth inning, the No. 25 West Virginia University baseball team defeated Virginia Tech 8-6 on Tuesday in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The Mountaineers (24-15) got off to a rough start, trailing 5-0 early. The team responded with six runs in the fourth inning, three of them unearned. The Hokies were able to tie the game in the fifth inning, but WVU responded to take back the lead the next inning for good.

Senior right-handed reliever Jackson Sigman had himself a game. Stigman struck out a career-best eight batters while allowing only one hit with no runs and no walks. This was Stigman’s second career win, improving his record to 2-2 on the season

“That’s as good of a win as we’ve had all season,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “To come on the road, with a four-and-a-half hour bus ride, and go down 5-0 and come back and win that game with a bullpen that needs to have people step up in it. That’s a great win for us tonight.”

In the Mountaineers six-run rally, junior left fielder Kyle Davis hit a three-run homer which highlighted the fourth inning comeback. He led the team in RBI’s with three.

Freshman Brandon White was able to extend his hitting streak to eight games and his reached-base streak to 16 games, both career longs. Sophomore second baseman Kyle Gray got on base for his career-high-tying 10th consecutive game.

The Hokies were able to get a one run lead after a leadoff double followed by a sacrifice bunt. On four hits in the third, Virginia Tech was able to add four runs off a wild pitch with a three-run home run followed.

11 batters went up to the plate in the Mountaineers six-run fourth inning. Sophomore catcher Ivan Gonzalez started off the inning with a single and was able to score on a fielder’s choice. Davis hit his sixth home run of the season with two runners on base, to close the gap to being down one.

Freshman right-hander Cody Wood held the Hokies scoreless in the fourth before Virginia Tech was able to tie the game at 6-6.

In the sixth inning, the Mountaineers were able to take a 7-6 lead after freshman catcher Chase Illig got on base off a walk. Illig was able to get to third off a sacrifice bunt and throwing error, giving him the chance to score off a sacrifice fly.

Sigman got three consecutive outs in the sixth with two strikeouts, and then struck out another two in the seventh. He then followed that up with another two strikeout performance in the eighth.

Sophomore right hander Braden Zarbnisky picked up his second save of the season coming in during the bottom of the ninth. 

WVU returns home for a series against Oklahoma, from April 28-30. The series begins on Friday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. ET. Sunday’s finale will be broadcast locally on the Nexstar Media Group’s network of statewide affiliates. Tickets are available, at 1-800-WVU GAME, WVUGAME.com or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum or on gameday at Monongalia County Ballpark. There are multiple promotions set for all three games against OU, which can be found on WVUsports.com/promotions. Links to live streams, radio broadcasts and live stats can be found on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com.

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