West Virginia University (6-2) scored seven runs in the sixth inning to defeat the Coastal Carolina University's baseball team (3-9) 10-3 March 4 in game three of the CCU Tournament at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
West Virginia scored two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Tyler Kuhn walked to open the game. He went to second as Justin Jenkins was hit by pitch, and both moved up a base on a passed ball. The two runners came in to score on a two run single from Stan Posluszny.
The Mountaineers added a run in the second inning as Doug Nelms was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the third run of the game.
Coastal put up two runs in the bottom of the frame as juniorChris Raber (Coplay, Pa./Whitehall) led off the second with his first home run of the season. Freshman David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) followed with a single up the middle. He would come in to score on an RBI single from sophomore Derek Martin (Barnwell, S.C./Barnwell).
The Chants tied the game up at three in the third as Raber's sacrifice fly drove in seniorDom Duggan (Cranberry Twp., Pa./John Carroll).
West Virginia answered in the top of the sixth, as seven runs came in to score after two were out. The trouble began when Ken Matuszek reached first on a wild pitch after striking out to start the inning. He came in to score on Adam White's RBI single. Kuhn followed with an RBI single. Nelms drove in two more with double down the left field line. A bases loadedwalk and hit by pitch drove in the next two runs. The last run was plated on fielding error from the shortstop.
SeniorMike Valter (Bloomingdale, N.J./Briar Cliff C.C.) took the loss, giving up three earned runs in 4.1 innings on the mound. The win went to Eric Saffell who pitched seven innings in relief, giving up three hits and no runs with three strikeouts. Junior righty Travis Risser (Palmyra, Pa./James Madison) went the final three and a third, giving up five hits and one walk.
Raber drove scored a run and drove in two for Coastal. For West Virginia, Nelms and White had three hits with Nelms also driving in three runs.
Coastal hosts West Virginia in game four of the CCU Tournament Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.