JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 8, 2015) – Shaun Wood and KC Huth both belted two-run home runs and Chad Donato tossed seven innings of one-run ball as West Virginia capped off the series sweep with a 13-4 win over ETSU on Sunday afternoon at Thomas Stadium.
The Mountaineers, who put on a show offensively all weekend, outscored the Bucs, 38-12, while out-hitting the Blue and Gold, 49-27, in the series.
Wood and Huth were one of seven players to record a home run in the series, while nine West Virginia players accounted for its 13 hits in the finale. Wood went 2 for 3 with a double, home run and five RBI, while Donato allowed the one run on seven hits and struck out five to improve to 2-2.
Freshman catcher Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished with three hits for the Bucs, and it was his solo home run in the second which made it a 2-1 score; however, the Mountaineers responded with 11 unanswered runs until ETSU plated two in the eighth and one more in the ninth. Owenby drove in two of the four runs, while senior outfielder Daniel Tucker (Hendersonville, Tenn.) registered a two-hit day and Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) extended his streak of reaching base safely to 13 straight games. York kept the streak alive with an RBI single in the eighth.
Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.) suffered the loss (1-1) as he was charged with eight runs (six earned) on six hits, while walking five and striking out four in four innings of work. The Buccaneer junior right-hander was untouchable in the first inning as he struck out two of the three hitters he faced, but things unraveled between the second and fourth innings, forcing ETSU to go to the bullpen. Sophomore southpaw Jamin McCann (Kingsport, Tenn.) struck out four in two innings of relief and red-shirt freshman Dillon Cate (Sevierville, Tenn.) tossed a scoreless ninth.
The sweep dropped the Bucs’ record to 7-6 on the campaign, while the Mountaineers left with the same 7-6 mark following the three wins in Johnson City.
For the third time in the series, West Virginia jumped out to the lead as Wood’s two-out double to left-center scored two in the top of the second, but Owenby cut ETSU’s deficit in half, 2-1, when he led off the bottom of the inning with a home run to left.
However, the Bucs were unable to gain momentum and things went south in a hurry as the Mountaineers scored six runs in the next three innings and led, 8-1, after five complete frames.
The Mountaineers got the run back in the top of the third as Brad Johnson – who reached on a two-out double to left-center – scored on a throwing error by Krieg, while the scoring continued for West Virginia in the fourth as Wood belted his homer to center and the Mountaineers plated three more in the fifth to gain the seven-run advantage.
After a scoreless sixth inning, West Virginia put three more on the board in the seventh – capped by Huth’s home run – while the Mountaineers finished their scoring with a two-run eighth, resulting in a 13-1 lead.
ETSU stopped the bleeding as Danny Carrier (Cincinnati, Ohio) led off the bottom of the eighth with his first collegiate triple and scored on York’s RBI single to left. York would eventually score on an Owenby single to center, while Christian Bailey (Kingsport, Tenn.) – who was hit by a pitch in the ninth – scored the final run on a throwing error by shortstop Taylor Munden.
The Bucs look to end the skid Tuesday night as ETSU heads to Knoxville for a midweek game with Tennessee. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
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