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West Virginia beats Eastern Michigan 17-1


Geoff Coyle/WV Illustrated

The WVU baseball team dominated from beginning to end in a 17-1 win over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night.

The Mountaineers (26-17, 10-8 Big 12) got things started right off in the first inning. Kyle Grey reached first on a bunt on the first at-bat and then stole second. Ivan Gonzalez homered at the next at-bat to give WVU an early 2-0 lead.

Darius Hill and Jackson Cramer would score runs later in the inning.

In the second inning, Gonzalez singled to bring home Brandon White (who had doubled two at-bats earlier). The Mountaineers loaded the bases after that and Cole Austin doubled to bring two more runs home. Kyle Davis brought Cramer home on a grount out two at-bats later and WVU held a commanding 8-0 lead going into the third.

The 17 runs scored by West Virginia ties the most ever at Monongalia County Ballpark (the Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored 17 runs against the West Virginia Black Bears back in September).

Eastern Michigan (18-27, 9-6 MAC) remained scoreless until the eighth inning, when a John Rensel Jr. double brought Jordan Peterson home.

Shane Ennis picked up his first win of the season, pitching three hitless innings including two strikeouts.

The Mountaineers return to action on Friday night when they’ll host #6 Texas Tech.