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WVU defeats Ball State 4-1

A late rally leads the Mountaineers over the Cardinals.

Geoff Coyle/WV Illustrated

On their third day in the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach, West Virginia came back to defeat Ball State, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals (4-3) got on the board after their pitcher Colin Brockhouse dealt a 1-2-3 top of the 1st. Second baseman Seth Freed got a triple down the right field line and scored on the very next at bat to take the early lead 1-0.

West Virginia (4-2) went hit-less until the 7th inning, only getting on base in the 4th when Kyle Davis was walked and in the 5th when Marques Inman reached on a fielding error. Inman had the hit in the 7th, but was stranded at first.

The Mountaineers got on the board after Darius Hill homered to right field bringing also bringing home Davis, who singled in the previous at bat.

In the 9th, Cole Austin and TJ Lake came home on a couple of wild pitches by Ball State reliever TJ Baker to seal the victory for West Virginia.

Carter Camp started for West Virginia and pitched 5 innings allowing only two hits and striking out seven batters. Braden Zarbinsky (1-0) came in an earned the win after pitching for three innings. Alek Manoah got the save after going 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th.

Brockhouse (1-1) took the loss for the Cardinals.

This is a good win for the Mountaineers as Ball State is still an impressive ball club with a decisive win over 22nd-ranked Maryland last weekend in Tampa Bay.

West Virginia returns to action on Monday at noon as they rematch the defending national champions Coastal Carolina to close out their time in Myrtle Beach. The Mountaineers defeated the Chanticleers 22-9 on Saturday afternoon.