May 6, 2016
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team opened its series against Texas with a resounding 11-2 victory on Friday evening.
With the win, WVU coach Randy Mazey won his 300th career game. In his 10th season, Mazey owns a 300-258-2 career record. He is 113-98 in his fourth season at West Virginia.
The explosive West Virginia offense recorded 15 hits and scored four runs in the third inning and three in both the seventh and eighth.
Meanwhile, Donato (3-3) held the Longhorns (21-25, 9-10) to two runs on five hits in 7.0 innings. He struck out six, walked just two and was aided by several stellar defensive plays to complete the well-rounded team victory.
While Donato had two 1-2-3 innings, it was his work with runners on that was instrumental to keeping the Longhorns off the scoreboard. Texas stranded six runners on base. In the seventh, with WVU clinging to a 5-1 lead, UT loaded the bases with no outs but managed to score just one run.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a home run by Zane Gurwitz.
Zarbnisky followed with a sacrifice fly to score Gray to give WVU a 2-1 lead. The advantage became 3-1 when Hill reached on a fielder’s choice. The four-run inning concluded with a double by Vera to score Hill.
WVU added a run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice bunt by Huth to score Vera.
After Texas scored one in the top of the seventh, West Virginia blew the game open with three runs in the bottom half. The inning again began with the first two batters reaching base. With two outs and two runners on, Vera singled to score Zarbnisky. Cramer followed with a triple to the wall in right center to score Vera and Hill.
The Mountaineers added three more runs in the eighth inning to push the lead to 11-2. With two outs, Zarbnisky doubled to score Gray. Wood then pinch hit and crushed a home run to the party deck in right field.
The series continues on Saturday, with first pitch moved up to 2 p.m. ET. Sunday’s series finale will begin at 1 p.m.
Saturday is Family Day, where fans can purchase four tickets and get a $10 concession voucher for just $25. Sunday is Kids’ Day and Mother’s Day. Any mom that brings a child to the game will receive a $3 ticket at the gate. Following the game, kids will have the opportunity to run the bases and get autographs from their favorite players.