GRANVILLE — Alex Manasa allowed just two hits over six innings, leading the West Virginia Black Bears over the Batavia Muckdogs in a 6-0 win on Monday, in front of 1,615 fans at Monongalia County Ballpark..
Manasa (3-6) struck out seven and walked one to get the win. Will Gardner and Logan Stoelke followed with three hitless inngins of relief.
The Black Bears (18-32) ended their four-game losing streak.
In the bottom of the fifth, West Virginia scored on a triple by Luke Mangieri that brought home Connor Kaiser. In the following at-bat, Grant Koch hit an RBI single, bringing home Mangieri to give the Black Bears a 2-0 lead. The Black Bears then added three runs in the sixth and a run in the eighth. In the sixth, Brett Kinneman drove in two runs and Kaiser drove in one, while Kaiser hit an RBI single in the eighth.
Humberto Mejia (1-5) went five innings, allowing two runs and three hits while striking out four in the New York-Penn League game.
The Muckdogs were blanked for the third time this season, while the Black Bears’ staff recorded their second shutout of the year.