Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 27, 2014

Baseball: WVU sweeps K-State

Losing streaks continue for Hokies, Herd

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

MORGANTOWN — Left-handed sophomore Ross Vance led the West Virginia University baseball team to a sweep of Big 12 opponent Kansas State on Sunday.

Vance struck out seven Wildcats in seven innings and allowed one run, five hits and no walks in the Mountaineers’ 6-1 win in front of 1,519 fans at Hawley Field. Sean Carley wrapped up the win, striking out four of the seven batters he faced in the final two innings.

Vance (3-0) used just 90 pitches to turn his third straight start into his third straight win.

Brad Johnson knocked in three runs for West Virginia (24-16, 7-7 Big 12). In his last seven games he is batting .520 with 13 RBI. Jacob Rice was 3 for 3 Sunday and scored twice. Billy Fleming, Bobby Boyd and Ryan McBroom each had two hits.

Rice scored the game’s first run in the fourth. He laid down a bunt which KSU pitcher Nate Griep (3-4) threw away for an error. Johnson’s single down the left-field line scored Rice from third base.

West Virginia batted around its order in the sixth, taking a 5-0 lead. Key hits included Johnson’s first career triple, Cam O’Brien’s double to right center and Fleming’s RBI infield single with two outs.

Tanner DeVinny accounted for the Wildcats’ lone score with a solo home run off the left field foul pole in the seventh. Max Brown went 2 for 3 for Kansas State (23-22, 4-11).

Boyd scored the final run in the eighth off of Fleming’s next RBI single.

The Mountaineers stay within their state’s borders for the next eight days. WVU plays Marshall at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston on Wednesday at 6 p.m., then hosts Texas in Morgantown Friday through Sunday.

West Virginia takes on Virginia Tech next Tuesday, May 6, in Princeton with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

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North Carolina 5, Virginia Tech 4

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Freshman outfielder Tyler Ramirez knocked his first pitch of the ninth inning into center field for a sacrifice fly that scored Michael Russell with the Tar Heels’ game-winning run as North Carolina (27-18, 13-11 ACC) rallied again past Virginia Tech (18-25-1, 7-17).

North Carolina had to rally for the third day in a row to complete the three-game sweep.

The Hokies took the early lead with one run in the first and second, but their hosts scored three runs in the third. Kyle Wernicki’s sacrifice fly tied the game 3-3 in the fifth.

Ramirez smacked a home run in the sixth to give the Tar Heels the lead again, but Virginia Tech knotted the score 4-4 with a base hit from Phil Sciretta.

Logan Bible had three hits for the Hokies, whose losing streak is now eight games.

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UAB 5, Marshall 2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Griffin Gum pulled off an inside-the-park grand slam home run in the eighth inning to boost the Blazers past the Thundering Herd in a game delayed by inclement weather.

It was the fourth loss in a row for Marshall (18-24, 8-12 C-USA).

Robert Fajardo was 2 for 3 for the Herd, and freshman Corey Bird stole his 11th base and extended his on-base streak to 11 games.