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Mountaineers Use 6-Run 4th Inning to Beat Hokies 8-6

Kyle Davis homered and Jackson Sigman pitched 3.2 innings of excellent ball.

Geoff Coyle - WVIllustrated.com

Despite letting the Hokies score early, West Virginia overcame a slow start to beat the their rivals from Blacksburg 8-6. Virginia Tech threatened in the first inning, putting two men on base before Kyle Davis made a spectacular catch in left field, to keep the game scoreless.

The Hokies were able to put a run on the board in the second inning when Mac Caples doubled to start the inning before advancing to third on a sacrifice fly. A walk then brought up centerfield Raheim Cooper who reached on a fielder’s choice. Caples scored on the throw to start the scoring.

The third inning was even less kind to the Mountaineers as a wild pitch allowed the second Hokies run to score before third baseman Matt Dauby launched a three-run homerun to give the Hokies a 5-0 lead. The deficit would be short-lived as the Mountaineeers used a 6-run 4th inning to take the lead for good.

Ivan Gonzalez singled before Jackson Cramer struck out. Cole Austin singled and Darius Hill reached on a fielder’s choice to give the Mountaineers a run. Kyle Davis gave the Mountaineers life with a three-run homer and brought the Mountaineers within 1.

The scoring didn’t stop there as Jimmy Galusky singled before Brandon White walked and Kyle Gray was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A fielding error allowed two runs to score and the Mountaineers took the lead for good.

In the 5th inning, Jackson Sigman came on of relief of Cody Woods and pitched 3 and 2/3rd innings of scoreless ball. Of the 11 batters he faced, he struck out eight and allowed only one hit. 44 of his 63 pitches went for strikes.