WVU Completes Sweep With 13-4 Win

West Virginia's bats came alive over the weekend as the Mountaineers plated 38 runs to take a three-game series sweep over East Tennessee State. A day after pushing 18 across, the Mountaineers followed on Sunday with a baker's dozen more to move to 7-6 on the season with a 13-4 rout of the Buccaneers.

West Virginia's bats again rang out early and often on Sunday, as the Mountaineers scored runs in four consecutive innings to take an 8-1 lead. Shaun Wood, who had dropped to eighth in the order after a rough start, broke out handsomely with a double in the second to drive home two, then followed two innings later with a home run to center to drive in two more. He later added a sacrifice fly to total five RBI on the day.

In the fifth, the Mountaineers (7-6) completed the early outburst with three runs, highlighted by Brad Johnson's RBI double. A throwing error by ETSU third baseman Chris Cook brought home two more, and even though the Mountaineers couldn't score again despite reloading the bases with no outs, they still held a comfortable seven-run lead. In the process, they chased Buccaneer starter Griffin Krieg, who lasted just four innings while giving up eight runs (six earned) on six hits and five walks. WVU also roughed up relievers Logan Gentry and Josh Jacques for a combined six hits and five runs.

In the meantime, West Virginia starting pitcher Chad Donato kept the Bucs in check, allowing just one run in the second on a leadoff solo homer by Hagen Owenby. Donato (2-2) stranded runners in each of the first four innings, then got stronger as the game progressed. He faced the minimum nine batters in the next three frames, and erased the only allowed base runner over that stretch with a 4-6-3 double play to end the sixth. He left after seven innings of work in which he gave up just the one earned run on seven hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter while lowering his ERA to a sparkling 1.44.

The Mountaineers continued to add crooked numbers to the board, which allowed coach Randy Mazey to empty his bench and get some additional pitchers some work. K.C. Huth hit his first career home run as a Mountaineer to cap a three-run outburst in the seventh, and Kyle Davis continued his tear with a two-run double in the eighth to push West Virginia's total to 13.

In the end, WVU didn't need all those runs, but they certainly made the final two innings more comfortable. ETSU (7-6) scored a pair in the eighth off reliever Jeff Hardy, and added another in the ninth (unearned) off Blake Smith, but that was far too little to match the Mountaineers' bashing offensive attack. West Virginia had nine extra base hits (seven doubles and two home runs) and totaled 13 hits in 40 at bats.

In addition to Wood, who was 2-3 on his way to five RBI, Johnson, Davis and KC Huth all had two knocks on the afternoon. Davis had two RBI, while Johnson had two of WVU's seven two-baggers. Davis took over the team batting average lead with a .365 mark. Fifteen position players got at least one plate appearance for WVU.

The Mountaineers will swing down to Liberty for a Tuesday non-conference game before traveling to Texas for the opening of the Big 12 season. Tuesday's game is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. start.


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