McBroom pounded his eighth home run of the season in the first inning to stake WVU (19-16) to a lead it would never relinquish, and Mountaineer starter Harrison Musgrave hurled another outstanding game in West Virginia's first contest against the Flames in 35 years. McBroom's shot cleared the left field fence, plating Taylor Munden and Bobby Wilson, and the Mountaineers never looked back in gaining their 19th win of the season.
Wilson (3-4), Munden (2-4, RBI) and Ryan Tuntland (2-4, 2 RBI) had good evenings at the plate, but Musgrave's performance on the mound stood out. In seven innings, he yielded just three hits while walking two, and did not allow an extra base hit.
At first, Musgrave didn't appear headed for a great outing. Liberty (18-17) loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first, but the West Virginia native worked out of the jam by inducing a pair of pop-ups and a groundout. He also had to extricate himself from a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, when Liberty put runners on via error, catchers' interference and a walk, but he again got a pop-up for the third out.
Ryan Hostrander pitched the final two innings in relief, and preserved the shutout despite giving up a hit and two walks.
After taking the early lead, West Virginia added a single run in the third inning when Jacob Rice singled home Ryan Tuntland, who had gotten aboard after being hit by a pitch. WVU then salted the game away with four insurance runs in the eighth when it sent eight batters to the plate. Munden drew first blood when he walked with the bases loaded, and Bobby Boyd followed with a hit to drive in another. Ryan Tuntland then delivered a single to score the final two runs of the game.
The series continues Saturday at 4:00 p.m when Corey Walter takes the mound for WVU against Brooks Roy.