Four Game Sweep

Jacob Rice walked to lead off the eighth inning and Ryan McBroom singled him home one out later as WVU came back twice against New Orleans to take a 4-3 victory in the series finale at Hawley Field on Saturday afternoon. The win gave the Mountaineers a sweep of the four game series – its first in such a string since 2009.

Jacob Rice walked to lead off the eighth inning and Ryan McBroom singled him home one out later as WVU came back twice against New Orleans to take a 4-3 victory in the series finale at Hawley Field on Saturday afternoon. The win gave the Mountaineers a sweep of the four game series – it's first in such a string since 2009.

McBroom's hit was his second clutch hit of the day. In the sixth inning, he drove a 1-1 pitch deep over the left field wall and off the Shell Building to tie the game at 3-3/ He finished the game with two hits and two RBI, and scored two runs for good measure.

Ryan Hostrander (2-0) pitched two strong innings of relief to pick up the victory for the Mountaineers. Pascal Paul pitched the ninth for his team leading fourth save of the year. John Means started and pitched six solid innings for WVU, allowing three runs (two earned) and five hits while striking out seven.

After dominating the early innings in the first three games of the series, West Virginia found itself training after UNO manufactured a run in the top of the second. Designated hitter Reese Kanter singled up the middle for UNO, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a wild pitch, then came home on right fielder Tim Broussard's The 1-0 lead was UNO's first lead of the series.

WVU (15-13) got right back into it in their half of the second. With one out, McBroom reached on a throwing error. Mazey then called for a hit and run and McBroom moved all the way to third on a Billy Fleming single to right. Mazey again called for the hit and run and Fleming advanced to second on a Michael Constantini RBI groundout, tying the game at 1-1. That moved Fleming to second, from where he scored on Bobby Boyd's single to right.

New Orleans (4-25) struck back in the fourth with some help from WVU. Leading off the inning, Jonathan Coco hit a mile high pop up on the infield. Playing it by the book, McBroom called off Means and Nogay but failed to catch the ball, then kicked it away allowing Coco to race all the way to second.

One pitch later Kanter lined a single to center field. Bobby Boyd threw home to hold Coco at third, but his throw missed the cut man, allowing Kanter to advance to second on the throw. Zac Hawkins singled to drive in Coco and the game was once again tied at two. One out later Zach Liberto ripped a single to left to score Kanter and give UNO their second lead of the day at 3-2.

The game stayed that way until the sixth when McBroom unleashed his bomb, tying the game at 3-3. Hostrander came on in relief in the top of the seventh and pitched two perfect innings for the Mountaineers to set up Rice, Frazer and Tuntland in the bottom of the eighth. Rice walked on five pitches against reliever Garrett Manning (0-2).Things didn't look good when Matt Frazer popped out to the catcher attempting a sacrifice bunt, but Rice stole second on the next pitch, and Mazey had things right where he wanted them. Ryan Tuntland worked himself a walk and then McBroom came up with the big boy play of the game, ripping a single into left on the first pitch to score Rice and give the Mountaineers the 4-3 lead. WVU couldn't capitalize further, but the one run was all that reliever Pascal Paul needed. He induced two fly ball outs, then after yielding a pinch hit single, struck out Liberto to end the game.

In addition to McBroom, Bobby Boyd finished 2-3 and stole a base. Rice had a hit and a walk, stole a base and scored the winning run. Kanter had two hits and scored two runs for UNO.

Rice leads the Mountaineers with a .391 average on the season, with seven other players hitting .280 or better. Means leads the pitching staff with a 1.86 ERA, while Hostrander lowered his mark to 2.20 on the season in picking up the win.

West Virginia returns to action this Tuesday at Hawley Field to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd at 6:00 p.m. in the second game of the three game multi-city series. Marshall won the first game 8-0 in Charleston behind ace Aaron Blair, who will not pitch in this game. WVU returns to conference play this weekend with a three-game set in Waco, Texas against Baylor starting on Friday.


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