MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia scored eight runs in the first two innings, helping the Mountaineers defeat Maryland 9-5 on Tuesday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
WVU scored nine runs on nine hits.
Kyle Gray and Ivan Gonzalez both had two hits for the Mountaineers (23-19) Jimmy Galusky had two hits, including a home run in the eighth.
Christian Young (3-1) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, surrendering two hits. The junior righty issued one walk and struck out four.
WVU committed two errors while the Terrapins (19-25) had three.
The Mountaineers built a 4-0 lead in the first courtesy of three Maryland errors. Braden Zarbnisky led off the inning with a walk and Brandon White reached on a throwing error. With one out and runners on second and third, Inman reached on a fielding error, allowing White and Zarbnisky to score. Then Gray doubled to left field, driving in Inman. Gray scored after a wild pitch and Justin Vought’s throwing error.
Young followed with a 1-2-3 second inning. WVU tacked on four more in the bottom half. Back-to-back singles from Galusky and Zarbnisky began the frame. With one out, Inman doubled home both runners and gave the Mountaineers a 6-0 edge and ending Billy Phillips’ evening. With two outs, Tyler Doanes doubled to left center, plating Inman and Darius Hill.
In the top of the sixth, the Terrapins scored five runs to cut the deficit to 8-5.
Dillon Meadows walked the lead off batter in the seventh. Shane Ennis came on to relieve Meadows and walked the first batter he faced. With the tying run at the plate, Ennis combined with Gonzalez to get the strikeout-throw out double play. Then Ennis got Kevin Bionic to fly out to end the inning unscathed.
In the bottom of the eighth, Galusky blasted a ball over the bullpen fence to give WVU a 9-5 lead.
The Mountaineers travel to Lawrence to take on Kansas on Friday night. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS