Michael Grove Struck Out A Career-High 13 and Jackson Cramer Hit A Deciding Home Run As West Virginia Bested Maryland 4-1

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia rode another outstanding start from Michael Grove and Jackson Cramer's latest homer to a decisive 4-1 win over Maryland, the sixth in a row and ninth in 10 games for the surging Mountaineers.

After suffering through a 3-7 stretch, West Virginia has suddenly more than reversed course, going 9-1 over its last 10 games with the win over the Terrapins. A major key to that has been the offensive production of first baseman Jackson Cramer, who was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for a second straight time on Monday. The junior followed that up with his seventh home run of the season versus UM, a towering shot to right field that put the Mountaineers ahead for good at 2-1. That was all Grove needed, as the freshman pitching 6.2 innings, allowing just one run while striking out a career-best 13 to set-up the bullpen. Cramer, above, speaks to his performances of late, and how he is seeing the ball at the plate. Cramer also details the fastball left middle in, which the left-handed hitter pulled well over the wall for the key run of the game.

Grove, below. dissects his ability to set-up a sharp-breaking slider with his dependable fastball. Grove was consistently ahead in the count against Maryland, and pounded the zone over 113 pitches. He struck out four of the last six hitters he faced before giving way with two outs in the 7th inning. It was an impressive showing for the newcomer, and his ability to provide key starts with BJ Myers being sidelined with nagging injuries has helped WVU climb to a season-best nine games over .500 with one home series remaining.


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