GRANVILLE, W.Va. — West Virginia pounded Youngstown State on Tuesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark, scoring a season high in runs en route to a 14-1 rout.
“This might be one of those games that was kind of boring for the players and the fans to sit through, but I had the time of my life sitting there watching a game like that,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “We pitched well, hit well, played pretty good defense. This is as good as we can be right now.”
The Mountaineers (13-7) had 12 hits, led by No. 9 hitter Tevin Tucker, who went 2-for-3 with four RBI and three runs. Tucker hit his first career home run in the sixth inning, a two-run shot.
Leadoff man Tyler Doanes continued his tear to start the year with two hits and three RBI. Kevin Brophy added two more RBI on a pair of hits.
Junior lefty Nick Snyder (3-1) earned the win, throwing 4 shutout innings before five relievers tossed an inning apiece to close out the blowout.
“You want to get guys out there and get them a clean inning and have confidence going in there,” Mazey said. “So next time they get out there, if it’s a 0-0 game, they are going to pitch with confidence.”
The Penguins fell to 1-18 in the loss.
West Virginia enters Big 12 play with a three-game series at Baylor beginning Friday night.