WVU crushed the woebegone Hawks (5-26) by the scores of 23-7 and 18-1 in what amounted to little more than batting practice for the Mountaineers. WVU banged out a combined 41 hits on the day, and saw six players finish with five RBIs.
In the opener, WVU used big innings of ten and seven runs to record an 23-7 verdict. The Mountaineers amassed nine extra base hits in the contest, including eight doubles and a home run by catcher Tobias Streich, to run out to a 22-0 lead after five innings. Vince Belnome and Streich each had five RBIs, while Streich led the hitting parade with four safeties. UMES helped the WVU effort with four errors in the field.
WVU pitcher Matt Yurish did not allow a hit in his five inning stint, but with a big lead Van Zant chose not to let him go for the gem. He struck out 11 of the 19 batters he faced while walking four. Reliever Bobby Thompson yielded seven runs (five earned) over 1 2/3 innings before giving way to Jordon Yost, who recorded the final out of the seven-inning contest.
The nightcap was even less competitive, as West Virginia scored six runs in the first and three more in the second to take command from the outset. The Mountaineers led 11-0 before UMES was able to dent the scoreboard with its single run of the game, and added seven runs over the final two innings of the seven-inning game.
Shortstop Tyler Kuhn was a perfect 5-5 at the plate, while Austin Markel drove in five runs on three hits. Yost smacked a home run to lead WVU's extra-base hit parade, which totaled ten.
Jarryd Summers earned his third win of the season with a near-complete-game gem. He struck out ten and yielded just six hits and one walk while showing good command. After allowing two baserunners in the seventh, Summers gave way to Eric Saffell, who got a strikeout to end the contest.
West Virginia faces much tougher competition this weekend when it hosts South Florida in a Big East conference series. The first of a three-game set is scheduled for Friday, August 4 a 7:05 at Hawley Field.