WASHINGTON, Pa. – Shaun Wood's three-run double highlighted a six-run eighth inning for West Virginia as the Mountaineers pulled away from Charleston Southern for 9-2 win on snowy Friday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Park.
CSU (12-12) trailed 3-2 in the bottom half of the eighth, when the Mountaineers broke the game open with five hits and scored six runs. Wood's double off of CSU reliever Daniel Johnson cleared the bases to give WVU an 8-2 lead. Taylor Munden added an RBI double in the frame.
The big inning for the Mountaineers changed the complexion of what had been a tight, back-and-forth game.
WVU took a 1-0 lead in the second innings on a solo home run by Caleb Potter. The freshman's line drive was almost hauled in by a leaping grab by Buccaneers' left fielder Chris Singleton, but the ball – and Singleton's glove – ended up on the wrong side of the fence for CSU and the game's first run.
The Bucs came right back in the fourth. CSU scored twice as Chase Shelton doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sam Remick. Ryan Maxsim singled home Singleton with the second run as CSU took a 2-1 lead.
CSU had chances to build a lead early and even threatened late in the game. The Bucs left the bases loaded twice and Remick hit into a 5-2 double play with no outs in the second.
The Bucs left 13 runners on and were just 2-for-15 with runners on-base.
Starter Andrew Tomasovich (L, 4-3) took the loss. He came out on a pitch count after four innings and CSU trailing 3-2. Reliever Nick Wernke (W, 1-0) pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to get the win.
Three Bucs had two hits on the afternoon, led by Shelton's ground-rule double. Shelton, Andrew Widell, and Chris Singleton were all 2-for-4.
West Virginia's Kyle Davis was 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Shaun Corso and Wood had three RBI apiece.
The teams continue the series on Saturday at 2 p.m.