PITTSBURGH, Pa.–Chase Illig’s walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted West Virginia to a 3-2 win over Penn State on Tuesday night at PNC Park.
The Mountaineers (14-15) scored three runs on six hits. The Nittany Lions (7-19) had two runs on seven hits.
Darius Hill had two hits and extended his hitting streak to five games. Sam Kessler (2-0) picked up the win. Jackson Wolf earned a no-decision but tossed 5.0 solid innings. He gave up one run on three hits.
In the bottom of the first inning, WVU jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Braden Zarbnisky led off the frame with a walk and advanced to third on Ivan Gonzalez’s base hit. Hill’s fielder’s choice plated Zarbnisky. Andrew Zitel’s single to right field drove in Hill.
Jordan Bowersox pulled Penn State within one in the third with a solo shot down the left field line.
After facing numerous struggles at the start of the season, BJ Myers had a positive relief performance. He tossed 3.2 innings, surrendering just one run and one hit. The senior fanned four.
With two outs and one runner aboard, Kessler replaced Myers. Braxton Giavedoni hit an easy ground ball to third baseman Andrew Zitel, who threw the ball in the dirt to Alek Manoah, allowing the Nittany Lions to tie the game at 2-2.
Hill led off the 10th inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two out, Illig belted a double to left center and sending the Mountaineers back to Morgantown with the win.
WVU hosts Pitt on Wednesday in the Backyard Brawl. First pitch is at 6 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS