Starter Tanner Campbell Scattered One Hit Over Five Innings and Darius Hill Had Two RBI As West Virginia Beat Eastern Michigan

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Tanner Campbell gave West Virginia five solid outings while a pair of hitters staked the Mountaineers to an early lead in the 5-1 win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.

Behind Campbell's five innings of one-hit ball, WVU's offense was on the verge of a breakout all game. But the Mountaineers (16-11) stranded eight runners over the first five innings, including leaving the bases loaded twice. It ended up not matter, with Campbell setting down a dozen Eagles in a row at one point, and carrying a no-hitter into the 5th inning in a needed midweek win.

The victory moved Campbell to 2-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.65 while giving West Virginia its first midweek two-game sweep of the season. Campbell, a freshman, was backed by solid defense from third baseman Cole Austin and shortstop Jimmy Galusky on the left side, as the two fellow freshmen made a pair of key defensive stops to keep Eastern Michigan off the scoreboard. Galusky's was arguably the biggest of the game as the state native dove to his left on a ball up the middle, cleaning gloving it and beating clean-up hitter Mike Mioduszewski to the bag by a half step with the bases loaded and two outs in the 8th inning.

On offense, both Hill and Marques Inman - yet another pair of freshman of the whopping six in the starting line-up for the Mountaineers on Wednesday - put up a par of hits. Inman had two doubles, including one for two RBI in the third inning, while Hill also finished with two RBI and a run scored. Hill, below, who head coach Randy Mazey says is among the quirkier players on the team, speaks to his hitting approach, and how he was trying to drive the ball with the pitch, even as 15 mph winds, gusting to 25 mph, made the left field a short porch in going the opposite way for the left-handed hitter.

West Virginia is next in action on Friday for the first of a three-game series against Furman. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m., though an approaching early spring storm expected to create high winds and snowfall on Saturday could mean the times and games are rescheduled. Check back at, and follow us on Twitter @BlueGoldNews, for all the updates about this weekend's series, as well as spring football coverage from Saturday as well.

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