The Mountaineers (4-2) earned the series victory over Georgia Southern (1-4) with a 3-1 win on Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader.
Jackson Wolf (2-0, 1.46 ERA) was dominant into the 7th inning as he earned his second win in as many starts to begin the season. Wolf gave up just 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 earned run, he also struck out 2 batters.
West Virginia didn’t waste any time in this one, as they took a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st on a 2-RBI double from Ivan Gonzalez, who started this game at third base to get a break from his typical catching duties. Gonzalez has gotten off to a very good start this season, having already picked up 7 RBI’s through the first 6 games.
The next 7 innings were filled with frustrated hitters and impressive pitching, as neither team was able to plate any runs. However, that trend finally ended in the bottom of the 8th inning. Trailing 2-0, the Eagles put together a scoring inning after the 2B Blake Evans was hit by a pitch, followed by a four-pitch walk to Tyler Martin, after which Coach Mazey elected to pull Wolf. He brought in the freshman Beau Lowery (0-1, 1.59 ERA), who subsequently gave up a RBI double to the 3B Christian Avant to make the score 2-1. Lowery was able to get a fielder’s choice out after SS Tevin Tucker threw out CF Noah Tressler, who pinch-ran for Martin, out at home, followed by an inning-ending strikeout to send the game to the 9th.
The Mountaineers were able to score another run in the top of the 9th, as Tevin Tucker reached earned a 1-out walk. He then advanced all the way to third on a wild pitch by GS reliever David Johnson. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Johnson threw yet another wild pitch on his very next threw that allowed Tucker to waltz in for WVU’s 3rd run, making it 3-1.
Lowery was able to close out the game with 2 strikeouts and a groundout to earn his first collegiate save.
Let’s go, Mountaineers!