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West Virginia upsets Coastal Carolina 22-9

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The Mountaineers demolished the defending national champions in Myrtle Beach.

Geoff Coyle/WV Illustrated

In a day where all eyes were focused on Fort Worth, the West Virginia baseball team absolutely smeared the defending national champions, Coastal Carolina, 22-9 on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (3-2) got things started early as Darius Hill hit a 2-run homer to right center bringing home Kyle Davis to put WVU up 2-0.

After a scoreless second inning, Jackson Cramer came home on a fielding error by the Chanticleers to extend the lead to 3-0 at the top of the third.

In the bottom of the inning, Coastal (3-4) began to show how they became the national champs by breaking the hit streak and scoring four runs in 3 RBI single at bats to take the lead 4-3.

In the top of the fourth, the Mountaineers took the lead back in commanding fashion as Jimmy Galusky, Davis and Braden Zarbinsky loaded the bases. Hill singled to bring home Galusky to tie the game, Cramer brought Davis and Zarbinsky home with a single of his own to take the lead, and Cole Austin hit a bases-clearing homer to give WVU a commanding 10-4 lead.

Coastal Carolina would not recover.

WVU capped things off with an eight-run ninth inning which included three home runs.

Every Mountaineer in the starting lineup finished the game with at least one run.

The player of the game for West Virginia was Cramer who finished with 3 doubles, a home run and 6 RBIs.

WVU starting pitcher Michael Grove was pulled after three innings when Coastal Carolina took the lead. Freshman Isaiah Kearns (1-0) got the win after pitching two innings and striking out three of 12 batters.

Andrew Beckwith (0-1) took the loss for the Chanticleers.

The Mountaineers return to action tomorrow as they continue their stay in Myrtle Beach against Ball State. First pitch is set for 11:00 AM ET.