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WVU Scores Eight Unanswered in Walk-Off Win

May 13, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team came back late to score eight unanswered runs in an 8-7, walk-off victory against William & Mary on Friday afternoon.

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Mountaineers (29-19) trailed 7-0 before scoring three runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to tie the game at 7-7. WVU has won seven in a row and 10 of its last 11.

Sophomore Shaun Corso provided the heroics twice, driving in the game-tying run in the eighth inning before a single scored the walk-off winner in the 10th inning.

West Virginia trailed 7-0 in the seventh inning when WVU coach Randy Mazey made substitutions at seven of the nine spots in the lineup. That’s when the rally began.

It started with two outs in the seventh. After two batters reached base, junior pinch-hitter Shaun Wood hit his third home run of the season and 14th of his career. The three-run blast to right field put the Mountaineers on the scoreboard and cut the deficit to 7-3.
The scoring continued in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, senior pinch-hitter KC Huth cleared the bases with a double to the wall in left-center. Corso followed with a game-tying single through the left side to score Huth from second.
After a scoreless ninth inning, the stage was set for a 10th-inning walk-off. The inning got underway when junior first baseman Jackson Cramer reached second on a dropped third strike and throwing error by the W&M catcher. After a sacrifice bunt advanced Cramer to third and a strikeout, Huth was intentionally walked.

That set up Corso, who sent a bloop single to right field to easily score Cramer.

It was Corso’s second game-winning hit of the season and the third walk-off hit for the Mountaineers this season.

Senior righty Blake Smith, who escaped a jam and stranded a runner on third in the top of the 10th, earned his third win of the season.

William & Mary jumped out with two runs in the first and two more in the third to take an early 4-0 lead. The advantage became 5-0 in the fifth and 7-0 with two runs in the seventh before the Mountaineer rally began.

Junior righty Chad Donato got the start. In 6.2 innings he allowed six earned runs on 11 hits. He struck out six though, to bring his total on the season to 100. He is the ninth pitcher in program history to record 100 strikeouts in a season.

The series between WVU and W&M continues with the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. After an off day on Saturday, the series concludes with the home finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

NOTES: WVU improved to 29-19 on the season, 18-10 at home and 4-3 in extra innings … WVU has won seven in a row, tied for the second-longest winning streak in coach Randy Mazey’s four seasons … Junior Chad Donato recorded his 100th strikeout of the season to become the ninth player in team history to strike out 100 batters in a single season … Junior Shaun Wood hit his third home run of the season and 14th of his career with a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning … WVU scored seven unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings to help send the game into extra innings.
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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