Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

March 30, 2014

College baseball: WVU beats Baylor again

Virginia climbs back to defeat Hokies

CHARLESTON — Back-to-back home runs by seniors Ryan McBroom and Jacob Rice led the WVU baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Baylor on Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park.

West Virginia (15-8) took their first Big 12 series of the year 2-0, after Saturday’s game was canceled due to weather.

Sean Carley (5-0) pitched a complete game, giving up one run on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk in his seventh start.

Bobby Boyd tripled in the first and gave WVU a 1-0 lead on Billy Fleming’s sacrifice fly. A single by Adam Toth of Baylor (13-13, 4-4) tied the game in the top of the third. McBroom and Rice went deep in the sixth.

Both teams had five hits.

Baylor right-hander Austin Stone went 5 2/3 innings in the loss, allowing four runs on five hits with one strikeout and two walks.

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Virginia 7, Va. Tech 4

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A critical error by Virginia Tech (12-12-1, 5-7 ACC) in the bottom of the seventh in a tie game resulted in No. 1 Virginia (23-4, 10-2) scoring three unearned runs in the frame and posting a victory in the final contest of the three-game ACC series.

After the Hokies had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh, the Cavaliers quickly tied it up after a single, a walk and an RBI single by Mike Papi. Tech went to relief pitcher Luke Scherzer and, after getting a pop fly and intentionally walking Joe McCarthy, he got a grounder to third and a force play at the plate.

With two outs and the bases still loaded, Scherzer got another grounder to third, but the ball was misplayed allowing the go-ahead run to score. The Cavaliers added two more runs.

The Hokies managed to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth but Nick Howard was able to get the final out for the Cavaliers.

Tech got on the board in the fourth with a two-out rally. Sean Keselica knocked Perez in with a single, and Kyle Wernicki brought home Keselica with a single.

In the seventh, Ricky Surum and Saige Jenco scored to gave Tech the temporary lead again.

The Hokies led Virginia in all three games and outhit them in each.

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