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Doubleheader Sweep Extends Winning Streak

May 13, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to beat William & Mary 7-6 in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday.

After scoring eight unanswered runs in a 10-inning, walk-off victory in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, the Mountaineers (30-19) won a back-and-forth affair in the nightcap against the Tribe (24-25).

The victory extended WVU’s winning streak to eight games, tied for the longest in coach Randy Mazey’s four seasons in Morgantown. West Virginia has won 11 of its last 12 games.

WVU was again led by junior first baseman Jackson Cramer, who had two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs. Cramer hit his seventh home run of the season and 16th of his career in the first inning.

“His mentality is so good right now,” Mazey said of Cramer. “He’s having fun, he’s laughing, he’s fun to be around. He’s in a really good place right now.”

Sophomore designated hitter Kyle Davis added three hits and scored three runs with an RBI.
The scoring began in the first inning when WVU jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The inning got started with a leadoff double by Davis. He reached third on a flyout and scored on freshman third baseman Ivan Vera’s groundout. The inning was capped by Cramer’s home run to left center.

William & Mary tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run home run by Ryan Hall in the top of the third, but WVU bounced right back in the bottom half with two runs to take a 4-2 lead.

With two outs, Vera reached on an infield single and scored on a triple to the wall in center by Cramer. Cramer scored on the following play when Guerrini reached on a throwing error by the Tribe third baseman.

W&M added a run in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-3, but again West Virginia responded in the bottom of the inning with two more runs. Freshman left fielder Kyle Gray singled with one out, stole second and reached third on a flyout. Davis followed with a single to score Gray, and freshman right fielder Darius Hill then doubled down the right field line to bring home Davis.
The Tribe scored one in the top of the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the game at 6-6. Senior starter Ross Vance exited in the sixth with two runners on and no outs, leading 6-4, but W&M tied it up on a groundout and a run on a wild pitch.

In his final home start of his career, Vance pitched 5.0 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts.

The Mountaineers regained the lead for good with a run in the seventh inning. Davis led off the inning with a walk. Hill laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to advance Davis to second. With one out, Cramer was intentionally walked to put two runners on for junior catcher Ray Guerrini.

Guerrini delivered the eventual game-winning hit, his fifth of the season. The junior sent a single up the middle to score Davis without a throw.

Freshman right-hander Braden Zarbnisky, who threw a scoreless seventh inning, followed with a 1-2-3 top of the eighth.
Senior right-hander Blake Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his eighth save of the season to move into a tie for second place for most saves in a season in program history. Smith earned the win in Friday’s first game.
After an off day tomorrow, WVU hosts Senior Day on Sunday at 1 p.m. Before the game, the Mountaineers will honor their four seniors, Jeff Hardy, KC Huth, Blake Smith and Ross Vance. Following the game, a free youth clinic will be held on the field.
NOTES: WVU improved to 30-19 on the season and 19-10 at home … WVU has won eight in a row, tied for the longest winning streak in coach Randy Mazey’s four seasons … Junior Jackson Cramer hit his seventh home run of the season and 16th of his career in the first inning .. Senior Blake Smith earned his eighth save of the year, tied for second-most in a season in program history … Freshman Braden Zarbnisky earned the win and improved to 4-0 on the season.
Single game tickets for the 2016 WVU baseball season are on sale now. Fans can join the excitement of WVU baseball and contribute to the home field advantage at Monongalia County Ballpark by calling 1-800-WVU GAME, purchasing tickets at WVUGAME.com or visiting the Mountaineer Ticket Office at Gate A of Monongalia County Ballpark. More information on single game tickets and can be found at WVUsports.com.

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