The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

March 3, 2014

WVU beats James Madison, goes undefeated at Myrtle Beach tournament

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Junior left-hander John Means provided the West Virginia baseball team its third quality start of the weekend en route to a 5-1 victory over James Madison on Sunday in the Caravelle Resort Tournament at Field.

The win improved WVU’s record to 5-4 and completed a weekend sweep. The Mountaineers defeated Duke on Friday and Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

WVU pounded out 14 hits from nine different players. Five players had two hits apiece, led by junior second baseman Billy Fleming, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Means (2-1) allowed one run on six hits in seven innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Senior lefty Zach Bargeron pitched a perfect eighth inning and senior righty Corey Walter closed  out the ninth inning.

The Mountaineers opened the scoring in the third inning, the eighth time this season that WVU has scored the game’s first run. Fleming hit a two-out single up the middle, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score as senior first baseman Ryan McBroom poked a ball through the right side.

WVU’s lead increased to 3-0 in the fourth inning with another two-out rally. Junior catcher Cam O’Brien scored from third base on a single up the middle by senior shortstop Michael Constantini. Constantini then stole second base and was promptly driven in on a double to center field by junior shortstop Taylor Munden.

Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd laced a double down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate Munden, bringing the score to 4-1. Boyd was thrown out trying to  extend the hit into a triple. The Mountaineers then pushed the lead to 5-1 as Fleming scored his second run of the game on a single to center field by senior left fielder Jacob Rice.

The Mountaineers peppered James Madison starter Chris Huffman (2-1), who allowed five runs on 13 hits with five strikeouts in his first loss of the season.

Kevin Husum and Ty McFarland led the Dukes with two hits apiece.

WVU will travel to California for the second time this season next weekend for two games at UC-Riverside and one game against Sacramento State.

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