Baseball Defeats Tourney Host Coastal Carolina

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • March 01, 2014 06:08 PM
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West Virginia 6, Coastal Carolina 2
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The West Virginia baseball team used multi-hit games from four players to defeat Coastal Carolina, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon in the Caravelle Resort Tournament at TicketReturn.com Field.
West Virginia (4-4) had six runs on 10 hits with one error and Coastal Carolina (3-6) had two runs on six hits with four errors.
“We didn’t smash the ball all over the field, but they walked us six times, we didn’t strike out much, we put the ball in play and they made four errors,” coach Randy Mazey says. “We used our speed, we had four stolen bases, so it’s good as a coach to know you can score different ways.”
Senior left fielder Jacob Rice had three hits to lead the Mountaineers, while junior shortstop Taylor Munden, junior center fielder Bobby Boyd and junior second baseman Billy Fleming had two hits apiece.
Junior right-hander Sean Carley (1-0) picked up his first career victory as a Mountaineer, battling throughout the afternoon and allowing two runs on six hits in 7.0 innings. He struck out five and walked two.
“He didn’t have his best stuff today by any means,” Mazey says. “The real Sean showed up today, the guy that competes all of the time and is high energy because he really had to grind this one out and he did that.”
A pair of two-out singles gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Munden and Boyd each had infield singles to start the game for two of the four hits in the frame. A single through the right side by Rice drove in Munden, and Boyd scored as junior third baseman Justin Fox had an infield single to second base.
Boyd scored for the second time in the second inning to bring the score to 3-0 as he hustled around the base paths on a failed pick off to first base.
West Virginia had chances to break the game open in the fifth and sixth innings as they loaded the bases each inning with no outs, but only scored three runs, extending the lead to 6-2. Fox was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for his second RBI of the game in the fifth inning. Rice hit into a run-scoring double play and Fleming scored on another failed pickoff in the sixth inning.
The Mountaineers jumped on Coastal Carolina starter Tyler Herb (0-3), who allowed four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and four walks in 4.0 innings.
Connor Owings led the Chanticleers with a 3-for-4 performance, including a home run and two RBIs. G.K. Young added two hits for Coastal Carolina.
WVU completes the trip on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against James Madison. Junior lefty John Means (1-1) will get the start for the Mountaineers, and he will be opposed by right-hander Chris Huffman (2-0). A link to live stats is available via WVUsports.com.