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West Virginia rallies to beat Maryland 8-5, advances to the Winston-Salem regional final

The Mountaineers’ bats got hot late to lift them over the Terps

John Lowe/The Daily Athenaeum

After 13 scoreless innings of baseball for the West Virginia, things finally started breaking in the Mountaineers’ favor and allowed them to rally from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Maryland Terrapins in this afternoon’s elimination game in the Winston-Salem regional.

The Terps held the Mountaineers scoreless through the first five innings and built what felt like an insurmountable lead, but West Virginia never surrendered and were determined to fight their way back into the game. Senior pitcher Jackson Sigman replaced Kade Strowd on the mound in the fourth inning, and was able to halt Maryland’s offense while the Mountaineers made their comeback.

Darius Hill started the party off in the sixth inning with a double to right field, and was driven in by a Cole Austin groundout to third base. The Mountaineers continued to chip away at the lead in the seventh inning with runs from Jimmy Galusky and Kyle Davis. The floodgates opened up in the eighth inning when West Virginia went through the rotation, and scored four more runs to take the lead.

Sigman put the Terrapins away in the bottom of the ninth, after giving up a home run to Maryland’s Nick Dunn, and picked up his sixth win of the season.

West Virginia will play Wake Forest again at 5:00PM Eastern in the Winston-Salem regional final. If the Mountaineers pick up the win this evening, they’ll play the Demon Deacons one more time tomorrow evening at 7:00PM for the chance to advance in the tournament, where they’ll play a best of three series with the winners of the Gainesville regional.