West Virginia baseball earned their second home win of the season over Kent State, 8-0, after holding the Golden Flashes without a hit for the game.
In just his third career start, Tyler Stretchay set the tone on the mound by keeping Kent State without any sort of offense for the first part of the contest. KSU would find base just three times in the whole game, all of which came from walks.
After getting a run on the board in each of the first two innings, the Mountaineers exploded for 6 scores in the third. Austin Davis got it started ith a sacrifice RBI, scoring Braden Zarbnisky, but a pair of homers from Kevin Brophy and Victor Scott gave the Mountaineers their last 5 runs of the game.
Zach Schultz was the victim pitcher that inning, and would get pulled before the start of the fourth. In the game, he allowed 6 hits, 5 earned runs while striking out two Mountaineers.
While WVU batters were working well in the box, the freshman righty Stretchay was having the best start of his short career. He gave a perfect performance on the mound, lasting 5.0 innings before he was taken out before the 6th.
Dillon Meadows would take over and would keep the no-hitter alive with the help of Skylar Gonzalez and Jacob Watters. Stretchay, however, was awarded with the victory, his first of hte year, bumping his record to 1-1.
Kent State’s bullpen took over in the fourth inning and were able to stifle the Mountaineer offense. They got a big boost from Richie Dell, who struck out five and allowed just 1 hit in 2.0 innings.
KSU’s offense was non-existent throughout the game. They didn’t reach base until the top of the seventh, when Meadows walked a pair of batters. They also got one in the ninth, but that was too little, too late for the Golden Flashes.
Zarbnisky was a menace on the basepaths for West Virginia, going 2-for-4 from the box with a triple and 2 steals. Brophy was a major boost as well, adding 2 hits and 3 RBIs, including his third inning homer.
Tyler Doanes and Davis also added a steal each to go along with their hits.
After taking the win at home, the Mountaineers hit the road once again for a three-game series against Mercer. This will be a test for West Virginia, as the Bears are 11-1 on the season heading into their meeting.