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Mountaineers Beat Fordham 6-2 In Opening Round of Morgantown Regional

The Mountaineers advance to face Duke tomorrow

Jeff Ruff

Your West Virginia Mountaineers beat the Fordham Rams 6-2 in their opening game at Mon County Park in the Morgantown Regional. West Virginia starter Nick Snyder went 5 solid innings striking out 6 while allowing only 4 hits. Weekend starter Kade Strowd came in on relief and pitched 4 innings.

Fordham got the scoring started in the first inning when they plated one run. The Mountaineers had to wait until the third inning to score but once they did, it was exciting. Fordham starter Stankiewicz was chased from the game after 2 and 2/3 innings where he walked 5 batters after walking 15 all year. This led to three Mountaineer runs.

Tyler Doanes would double in two more runs in the sixth to expand the lead. Ivan Gonzalez would double in the seventh to increase the lead even more to 6-1.

The play of the game may have come in the fourth inning when centerfielder Brandon White caught a weak line drive in shallow center then flipped the ball to second base to complete the 8-4 double play.

With the win, the Mountaineers advance to the winners bracket and will play the Blue Devils of Duke. Fordham will play Texas A&M.

Official attendance was a record of 4,355.