From Staff Reports
State bragging rights when it comes to college baseball will be decided in Beckley.
West Virginia University (16-13) avenged a March 19 loss to in-state rival Marshall Tuesday night in Morgantown, pounding out 13 hits and scoring 10 runs in a 10-2 victory in the second game of a three-game set.
The decisive third game of the season series will be played May 14 at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley.
WVU, which managed just two hits and struck out 17 times in the first meeting between the two schools, broke through with the game’s first run in the bottom of the third inning when catcher Alan Filauro left the Hawley Field yard with a solo shot.
The Mountaineers broke the game open an inning later, scoring four runs on four hits and a pair of Marshall errors.
A pair of doubles from Bobby Boyd and Brady Wilson were the big blows of the inning, that included four unearned runs to put WVU ahead 5-0.
Marshall (11-16) tried to claw back, scoring two runs on three hits in the top of the fifth, bringing the score to 5-2 on an Isaac Ballou 2-RBI triple, but WVU scored two more in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead and end the drama.
Ryan Tezak (1-0) picked up the win for WVU, coming on in relief of starter Dan Dierdorff to pitch two innings of one-hit ball. He struck out a pair. Dierdorff, who was on a pitch count, left after 3 1-3 innings. He allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out a pair.
Alex Thackston (0-1) took the loss for MU, giving up five runs, only one earned, on eight hits and a walk. He left trailing 5-0.
Filauro was the offensive hero for WVU, finishing 3-for-3 with four runs scored and four RBIs. Boyd, the center fielder, was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, and Wilson, the right fielder, was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Second baseman Billy Fleming was 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs.
Ballou picked up Marshall’s only RBIs, while third baseman Aaron Bossi was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Marshall had just five hits and struck out eight times.
WVU, which is 3-3 in Big 12 play, will open a three-game conference series at Baylor on Friday. The series will continue with single games on Saturday and Sunday.
Marshall will be at Eastern Kentucky today before beginning a three-game Conference USA series with Houston in Charleston on Friday.