Bats Alive in Road Swing Opener

West Virginia's baseball team got off to a good start on its long Florida weekend swing with an 8-2 win over Bowling Green on Thursday in Port Charlotte, Fla.

The Mountaineers plated five runs in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie and never looked back, rolling to a convincing victory over the Falcons. Catcher Alan Filauro started the onslaught with a single to left, which was followed by seven more consecutive hits as the Mountaineers batted around. All of the hits were singles save Ryan McBroom's double, and West Virginia might have scored more had Billy Boyd not been caught off first base after his hit to center. Still, the five runs in the inning were more than enough to put away the Falcons, who had tied the game with two runs in the top of the fifth.

WVU broke out on top early, scoring twice in the first on Matt Frazer's RBI double and McBroom's run-scoring hit. That margin held until the fireworks in the fifth.

Corey Walter pitched six solid innings, allowing six hits and just one walk while striking out four. He earned his first win of the season while lowering his ERA to 4.02. Corey Holmes continued his fine early season showing in relief, pitching two innings. He did allow two baserunners in the eight via a hit and a walk, but got out of that jam with his second strikeout of the day. In three appearances, Holmes has yet to allow a run.

Leadoff batter Bobby Boyd was the WVU hitting star of the game with three singles and a double in five at-bats. Billy Fleming, Frazer, McBroom and Filauro had two hits each, with the middle duo accounting for two RBI apiece.

West Virginia, now 6-6 on the season, continues its road trip with a game against Central Michigan at 3:00 p.m. on Friday in Port Charlotte. Harrison Musgrave, who leads WVU in innings pitched with 18 in three starts, is the scheduled starter.

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