The red hot Mountaineers (31-19) extended their winning streak to nine games and completed the sweep of William and Mary on Sunday afternoon. The third and final game of the series was senior day at Monongalia County Ballpark so it was only appropriate that senior center fielder KC Huth had a big performance. Huth hit two doubles and drove in three RBIs, going 2-for-3 on the day.
Huth wasn't the only bright spot for the Mountaineers offense as the team accounted for ten hits and got their bats going early, scoring four of their six runs in the top of the first inning. To start the first inning Braden Zarbnisky reached base on a fielding error and Kyle Davis was able to draw a walk. Darius Hill then laid down a bunt that advanced both runners to second and third, setting up Ivan Vera for an opportunity to get the Mountaineers on board first. Vera, who is batting .408 on the season, hit a ball to center field and picked up a two-run double, giving him his 16th and 17th RBIs of the year. Two batters later, KC Huth came to the plate with runners at the corners and a chance to extend the Mountaineer lead. Huth drilled a ball that hit the center field wall and brought home both runners for his first of two doubles of the day, giving WVU a 4-0 lead after just one inning.
The four runs in the first inning would be all the Mountaineers needed to get the victory, but Huth was able to hit another double to deep center field in the fifth inning that brought home Ray Guerrini and gave West Virginia its sixth and final run of the contest. Huth couldn't have been any happier with the results of his final home game as a Mountaineer.
"It was awesome," Huth said. "It was a really emotional day for me. I just had to step back and take a breath, and let the emotions go and go back to focusing in. I couldn't have asked for a better day today."
William and Mary got its only run of the day in the top of the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by catcher Hunter Smith.
After the game WVU head coach Randy Mazey also spoke about Huth's performance and discussed his team's ability to remain focused despite the emotions that typically come with playing on senior day.
"KC Huth had a big hit early in the game that set the tone," Mazey said. "It's so hard to do on senior day, and then you throw in the fact that we're flipping tassels from one side of the hat to the other on home plate, and guys are graduating and their families are crying. You have a tendency to forget about hitting the ball and catching the ball and KC was able to separate it out, and when the game started he was definitely in baseball mode."
The Mountaineers will have to remain focused, and the upcoming week will be critical for any postseason hopes the Mountaineers have. They will face Pitt on the road on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. and then travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech for their final Big 12 series of the season. The final four games of the season will give the Mountaineers a chance to boost their RPI and improve their tournament resume before the Big 12 conference tournament starts on Wednesday, May 25.