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West Virginia defeats George Mason 5-3

A big 7th inning leads the Mountaineers to victory.

Geoff Coyle/WV Illustrated

The WVU baseball team rebounded from their rough opening weekend at Charlotte by beating the George Mason Patriots, 5-3, on Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (2-2) were led by pitcher BJ Meyers who allowed only 4 hits, which included a homer by Patriot shortstop Michael Smith in the top of the 1st. He received the win to bring his record to 1-1.

West Virginia went scoreless until the 7th inning. George Mason relief pitcher Bryce Nightengale managed to load the bases and walked first baseman Jackson Cramer, which brought home Arthurdale’s own Jimmy Galusky.

Cole Austin followed that with a bases clearing triple to make the score 4-1. Marques Inman brought Austin home on the following at bat with an RBI double.

The Patriots (2-2) made a comeback attempt in the top of the 9th with a two-run homer, but it was too little, too late.

WVU will continue their stay in the Myrtle Beach area with a game at No. 19 Coastal Carolina tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET. The Chanticleers are the defending national champions.