Three hit batsmen. Two walks. Two wild pitches. One passed ball and one error.
That's enough mistakes and miscues to fill a nine inning game, but UNCW managed to cram all of them in the first two innings against West Virginia on Saturday. The Mountaineers took full advantage, scoring eight runs on the way to a 9-3 win and an evening of the weekend series at one game apiece.
The Seahawks (10-11) set WVU up right off the bat, walking leadoff hitter Taylor Munden and advancing both he and Bobby Boyd to third and second, respectively, on a throwing error. Billy Fleming pushed Munden home with a groundout and Ryan McBroom scored Boyd with a sacrifice fly, giving the Mountaineers (12-7) an early 2-0 advantage.
That was just prelude, however, to the second. UNCW loaded the basses on two hit batters and a walk, then forced in a run when Munden also finagled a free pass. Boyd then broke things open with a two-run single up the middle, and pesky partner Fleming followed with a run scoring double. After a UNCW pitching change, Boyd scurried home on a wild pitch, and McBroom produced his second FBI in as many at bats with a hit to the left side.
Provided the big lead, WVU starter Sean Carley was solid if not spectacular. He was undone in the second on a dropped fly ball to center that put a Seahawk in scoring position, and hurt his cause by issuing a free pass to lead off the fifth, which set the stage for two more Seahawk runs. However, despite yielding nine hits in six innings, he managed to strand seven runners through six innings and keep the home team at bay.
WVU also got three sterling relief innings from Ryan Tezak, who pitched the final three frames to record his first save of the year. Tezak did not allow a hit and walked just one batter while fanning three.
Boyd and Fleming continued to jump start West Virginia's offense. Each had three hits, two RBI and two runs scored. McBroom added an RBI, and Jacob Rice had a pair of hits.
Sunday's game has been moved up to 11:00 a.m. due to the threat of deteriorating weather in the Wilmington area. Starting pitchers have not yet been named, but the usual WVU Sunday starter, John Means, is not expected to pitch, as he pitched a complete game against North Carolina on Wednesday and is slated to start WVU's home game against Pitt next Tuesday.
UNCW struck out the side in the WVU second. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, those three outs surrounded six West Virginia runs.
WVU outhit UNCW by just one (10-9) but took advantage of seven walks in addition to the aforementioned miscues in piling up the six run advantage.