Hill’s homer gives WVU the walk-off win, avoiding sweep vs. TCU

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A nail-biter between West Virginia and TCU at the Monongalia County Ballpark finished with a happy ending for Mountaineer fans as WVU took a 6-5 win.

TCU was able to work right fielder Jake Guenther around the bases in the first inning, putting their first run on the board.

WVU wouldn’t let them hold on to the lead for too long, though, as Brandon White’s ground out sent Tevin Tucker over the plate.

The needle again turned towards TCU’s favor in the 6th inning, as Guenther again scored — but this time, it was his own home run that would send him home. 

Kade Strowd, who started on the mound for the Mountaineers, gave up four more hits after the homer. TCU was able to push through two more runs and load up the bases before Randy Mazey sent Strowd to the dugout.

Beyond that rough inning, Strowd performed will on the mound only allowing 1 run on just three hits over 5 innings, while striking out 6. He would finish with 5.1 innings pitched, 8 hits and 4 runs allowed.

WVU would make up significant ground in the bottom of the 7th, with Tyler Doanes and White finding soft spots in the TCU defense to get on base and score two runners.

In the 9th, Guenther stepped up to the plate once more to hit another home run, making the score 5-3 for TCU.

WVU’s Kevin Brophy would respond with a homer of his own in the 9th inning, cutting the deficit to just one. Hoping to keep the comeback alive with two outs, White made a clutch play digging out a near-routine ground ball to short, getting on base. 

With White on first, Darius Hill would prove to be the hero for the Mountaineers. With a two-out full count, Hill cracked one to right-center, earning a walk-off 6-5 win for WVU.

Watch a postgame interview with Hill, who called his big hit “unbelievable:”

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