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WVU roundup: Illig powers 7-5 baseball victory

Created on:   Fri, Mar 2, 2018   11:27 PM

Last modified:   Fri, Mar 2, 2018   11:27 PM

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A four-run eighth inning propelled the WVU baseball team to a 7-5 victory over Western Kentucky on March 2, at Nick Denes Field.

In the opening game of a three-game series, the Mountaineers (3-5) added an insurance run in the ninth as the bullpen held the Hilltoppers (5-5) to one run on three hits in the final four innings.

Sophomore pinch hitter Chase Illig provided the spark with a go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth, while junior Darius Hill paced the WVU offense with four hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles with two runs scored.

“We just needed to catch a break. We’ve been playing OK, but not winning games,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “A guy like Darius Hill, his batting average has been awful, but he’s been leading the team in hard-hit balls, and finally they’re starting to fall in for him. He had four hits today and a couple of really big ones. It’s a long season, as long as you can keep the faith and keep grinding, good things will happen to you.”

Trailing, 4-2, in the eighth, the Mountaineers rallied with four runs on four hits, highlighted by Illig’s home run.

Senior right-hander Shane Ennis worked 2 1/3 innings in relief and earned the win. He saw his season-opening scoreless streak end at 9 2/3 innings, but improved to 2-0 on the year. Ennis allowed a run on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk.

Sophomore right-hander Sam Kessler pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and notched his third save of the year. He struck out one and did not allow a hit.

Senior right-handed starter B.J. Myers pitched into the sixth inning and allowed four runs in seven hits. He struck out two and walked one and earned a no-decision for the third consecutive start.

The series continues at 2 p.m. today.


TULSA, Okla. — The Mountaineers embark on the postseason this weekend, at the Big 12 championship, today and Sunday.

The first three sessions will be carried by FloWrestling, with live stats on FloArena. The championship matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports affiliates around the nation.

The conference has a 12-team field for the first time. WVU is joined by Big 12 members Iowa State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State along with affiliate members Air Force, Fresno State, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

Three Mountaineers enter the tournament seeded in the top five: Redshirt junior Zeke Moisey (No. 3 at 125 pounds), redshirt senior Jacob A. Smith (No. 4 at 197) and redshirt freshman Matthew Schmitt (No. 5 at 133).


The Mountaineers continue a three-match homestand by facing Old Dominion (9-3) at 10 a.m. Sunday, at the Summit Tennis Academy.

Free pastries and WVU tennis posters will be available to all fans attending the match.

Senior Lyn Yuen Choo and freshman Giovanna Caputo are tied for the WVU lead with five singles wins apiece.