For the second time this season, the WVU baseball team took down in-state rivals Marshall — but this time, the victory came at home.
The Mountaineers are used to their pitchers leading their victories, and this contest was much of the same. What was different, though, was the pitcher doing the leading — junior lefty Nick Snyder was on the mound for WVU, putting up arguably the best performance of his career.
Snyder set the tone early, striking out all three Thundering Herd batters in the first inning.
Marshall reached base for the first time in the third inning when Geordon Blanton walked.
It took a few innings for the Mountaineers to pick up on the other end. The first run went on the board in the third off of a Darius Hill RBI single, sending Brandon White home from second.
Ivan Gonzalez extended the lead for WVU in the 5th, sending home Hill and making the score 2-0.
Snyder stayed white-hot for the rest of the game maintaining a no-hitter until there were two outs in the 9th inning, when Erik Rodriguez beat out a ground ball to earn a single.
In total, Snyder struck out 16 Marshall batters, a career high for him, and a tie for the 8th-most in school history with six other performances. The last player to do so was Wes Shaw in 1989 against Fairmont State. The school record still belongs to John Radosevich in 1964 against Waynesburg.
WVU returns to the diamond this Friday at 6:30 against TCU.