Carley Grinds Out Win

Sean Carley picked up his first win of the season, allowing two runs over seven innings as West Virginia's top of the rotation continued to impress in a 6-2 win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

Carley battled a solid Chanticleers' line-up to scatter six hits as the Mountaineers (4-4) climbed back to .500 with their second straight vctory. One game after ace Harrison Musgrave limited Duke to one run and two hits in eight innings, Carley grinded out the decision and was able to get out of trouble despite allowing a base runner every inning. The junior threw 66 strikes in exactly 100 total pitches, and made just one major mistake, a 2-2 offering to Connor Ownings that the first baseman drilled down the rightfield line for a two-run homer in the third.

Carley, sans his best stuff, did benefit from operating with the lead all game as West Virginia struck quickly, plating two runs in the bottom of the first on a pair of singles by Jacob Rice and Justin Fox with two outs. The Mountaineers – led by nine hits from the top half of the line-up – could have had more, but left the bases loaded when Trevor Sims struck out looking. WVU scored again in the second when Bobby Boyd Boyd reached on a fielder's choice and came around from first after two Coastal Carolina throwing errors on the same play. Pitcher Tyler Herb, on a pickoff attempt, threw past Ownings. Ownings then missed catcher Tyler Chadwick on a play at the plate, and Boyd scored his second run of the game in as many innings.

Trailing 3-0, Ownings got Coastal Carolina back in the game with his shot, his first of the season. The home run followed an eight-pitch leadoff walk after Carley lost Nick Oberg after getting ahead 2-0. The Mountaineers extended the lead in the fifth, when cleanup hitter Ryan McBroom walked before Rice's third straight single of the game. Designated hitter Jackson Cramer then walked before Fox was hit by a pitch for force in McBroom. That chased Herb, who finished allowing four runs, all eared, on eight hits in taking his third consecutive loss to start the season. Coastal Carolina head coach Gary Gilmore went to freshman Chase Adkins, and the righthander got out of the bases loaded, no-out jam with three consecutive infield groundouts.

WVU loaded the bases with no outs again in the sixth inning, and scored when Rice – who went three for five with one RBI – grounded into a double play. Austin Kerr then replaced Adkins and promptly hit Max Nogay, inserted into the DH slot for Cramer. With Billy Fleming on third, Kerr tried to pick Nogay off, and instead threw the ball past Ownings to score Fleming for the 6-2 lead. It was the third of four errors, and the second errant pickoff attempt, for CCU, and the Chants never truly threatened again. Carley was pulled after the seventh for Ross Vance, and the lefthander recorded the final six outs in just eight batters. In all, Coastal managed just the six hits and never advanced a runner past second – with just one hitter getting that far – except for Owning's home run.

West Virginia had four stolen bases, three in the first three innings, as the club continually used its speed and ran nearly at will against Chadwick. The Mountaineers also routinely put the ball in play and were aided by the CCU errors and six walks.

Tyler Munden, Boyd and Fleming, the top of the Mountaineer order, each finished with two hits. Boyd scored three times while McBroom went one for three with two walks. WVU got just one hit out of the bottom half of its lineup, which included the designated hitter position. Coastal was led by Ownings, who tallied three of the team's six total hits with the two RBI and run scored on his homer. Carley allowed just two extra base hits in his seven innings, and Vance none in the eighth and ninth as the Mountaineers held an opponent to three or fewer runs for the sixth time in seven games. Two of West Virginia's four losses came in extra innings, and WVU has lost just one game by more than two runs.

The Mountaineers end their Caravelle Resort Tournament, hosted by Coastal Carolina, in Myrtle Beach with a game against James Madison. First pitch is slated for 1:30 p.m. John Means (1-1) will get the start, while JMU counters with right-hander Chris Huffman (2-0).

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