MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Randy Mazey warned his team about falling prey to a trap game against Marshall.

His players listened.

The Mountaineers jumped ahead early and Corey Walter pitched seven innings for his best performance of the season in a 10-3 victory at Hawley Field.

The game was wedged between a 14-2 win over NCAA tourney contender Maryland on Tuesday night and a three-game series against defending Big 12 champion Kansas State that begins Friday. But West Virginia (21-16) collected double-digit hits for the third straight game and won for the fifth time in six outings.

“We showed up with really, really good energy for batting practice and for infield/outfield,” Mazey said. “We were definitely ready to play tonight.”

Cameron O’Brien had a season-high three hits, as did first baseman Ryan McBroom, who had two RBIs to drive his team-leading total to 38.

Bobby Boyd remained hot with two hits that lifted his average to .384, and No. 9 hitter Michael Constantini had a key two-run double in the fifth inning after Marshall temporarily tightened the game.

Walter (1-4) appreciated the support. After control problems forced him out of the closer’s role, the right-hander allowed seven hits and three runs, two of them earned. He fanned four, walked two and threw 70 of his 101 pitches for strikes.

“I hadn’t been pitching well, and I think this will definitely get me back on track,” said Walter, whose ERA dipped to 4.88. “Hopefully starts like this carry over into the weekend when I maybe come in out of the bullpen.”

Walter struck out the game’s first two batters in a perfect first inning, and pitched around two singles in the second by inducing a double play.

“Corey Walter, that’s as good as he’s thrown all year,” Mazey said. “That’s encouraging that he can do that. We’re going to need that down the stretch.”

 

 


After McBroom’s RBI single made it 1-0 in the first, Marshall’s Lance Elder (0-1) turned wild in the second. He walked Boyd to force in a run and hit Billy Fleming to bring home another, before McBroom’s sac-fly stretched the margin to 4-0.

It was 5-0 in the fourth when the Herd (18-21) struck back with Matt Reed’s RBI single and Eric Escobedo’s two-run hit. But Constantini’s two-run double down the left-field line reopened the gap in the fifth, and he promptly stole third and scored on a throwing error to make it 8-3.

“It’s always easier to pitch knowing you can go out there and mess up a little bit,” Walter said. “Even when the game did get close, they piled on three more runs.”

Michael Bennett and Ryan Hoftstander each tossed a hitless inning in relief for WVU, while Marshall cycled through eight pitchers. The last of whom was Roscoe Blackburn, who allowed Brad Johnson’s two-run single in the eighth.

“I think we’re playing with supreme confidence right now,” said Mazey.

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Comments

  • jwg66

    Vs Oklahoma 2-1,
    Vs Pitt 2-0,
    Vs Maryland 1-0,
    Vs Ohio State 1-0,
    Vs Marshall 1-0,

    I like it! Alot! Way to turn things around.

  • Rick55

    The emergence of Vance and Johnson and the re-emergence of Walter have made a solid team better. Hopefully if our bullpen can be handled well (as I know it will) and they get back on track, we can keep winning.
    I hope that everyone who can, will come out this weekend and root the boys on. This team definitely will respond. We have the power to influence the outcome of the game, pretty cool!

  • El Supremo

    If only Coach Mazey had been at WVU when Pat White wanted to play baseball.

  • FFA Mountaineer

    Coach Mazey is by far the best coach hired by Luck so far. I just wish more people would come to the games since the weather is finally warming up except for the last two nights. The players noticed when the fans start leaving half way thru the 5th against Maryland on Tuesday. Let's pack Hawley this weekend when K-State comes to town!

  • DP

    Great win Mounties! Coach Mazey and staff have created a completely new mindset with WV baseball. The team has responded and is becoming very competitive on a national level-what a wonderful change!!!

    Coach Mazey appears to be a very nice guy who really knows BB and is adept at getting the best out of his players. The boys seem to be playing with lots of confidence and it appears it's "Team first" with these young men. Let's goooooooooo Mountaineers!!!!!!!

  • Maxeer

    Sure is nice for all the baseball news..Coach Mazey and staff PLUS the fellas are doing a knockout job,,,,,keep it up :)

  • cutty77

    Randy hasn't been on the job very long. But it seems this Team has made Great Improvement very soon.

  • WVU FAN

    Nice...... Our baseball coach is doing a great job with the team and the challenges that the ball clubs faces without having a home / field advantages.... what is great is WVU baseball is coming out to the fans in Charleston and around the state...

    Baseball looks to be in good hands and the players look like good kids... nice hire for Ollie

    I can't wait to see the team live some day soon.

    Let's GOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Mountaineeeeeeeeers!!!

  • Mudzbrother

    Keeping your "edge" in a "trap" game is a sign of great leadership. It's real easy to get cocky when you are smacking good teams around but thus far Randy has kept them grounded.

    Let's Go!

  • Aaron

    Good win WVU, playing a sub-par team in the middle of conference play can be a tough one. Now lets get ready for K-State. Hopefully the rain holds off Friday and the temperature warms up enough to loosen arms and we can win this series.

  • David Kennedy

    CONSISTENT through every inning. Very Consistent.

    Baseball is a game of 'Looks and now the fans and supporters are being given a 'Look.
    It is the look of a winning team.

    I'm wondering if Kansas has any pitchers who throw above 95 mph. That could hurt us.

    Ready for the next one...and man, this WVU team is HOT.

  • GO WVU

    Poor Marsha.

  • John

    A couple of nice mid-week wins by WVU. Has to carryover this weekend vs. KSU. This is the 1st Big 12 series to be played at Hawley so hopefully the weather is good; the fans show up and WVU takes the series.

    • BMN

      This is not the first Big 12 series to be played at Hawley Field. Oklahoma State was here two weeks ago.

      • John

        My fault on that one. Thanks guys. Maybe WVU can make this the 1st time they take a Big 12 series at Hawley.

    • Greg

      Actually, haven't they already played a Big 12 series at Hawley already?