The Mountaineers, stuck in a three-game losing streak, certainly need to have a solid showing during a five-game break from Big 12 play. It didn't get off on the right foot in an ugly loss to on Tuesday, but reversed that against the Penguins, who they had already faced in a two game set at in February. WVU (18-16) now leads the YSU series two games to one, with one contest still remaining in two weeks at Youngstown.
Taylor Munden got the Mountaineers off to a good start with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first, signalling a strong day at the plate. he added a triple and a double, accounting for two RBIs, and also added two runs scored.
YSU responded with a pair of doubles in the top of the fourth to tie the game at one, but WVU bounced back one inning later courtesy of Munden's three-bagger and an RBI groundout.
WVU starter Brock Dukxhoorn (2-0) turned in an excellent performance, pitching six innings and allowing only the lone fourth-inning run. He showed the control WVU pitchers had been missing during its short losing streak, as he did not walk a hitter. He required just 77 pitches before departing, and lowered his ERA to a stellar 1.23. Closer Pascal Paul worked the final 1 2/3 innings of the game, and although he walked one batter, erased that mistake with a double-play grounder to end the game.
Ryan Tuntland, who now leads the team in hitting with a .384 average, continued to smack the ball hard, recording three hits on the day.
travels to Liberty for a three-game series beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The Flames are 18-16 overall, and are coming off a 7-5 loss to No. 1 to . The games are set to be broadcast live on ESPN3.com. West Virginia is expected to go with its normal weekend rotation of Harrison Musgrave, Corey Walter and John Means. Musgrave leads WVU in wins with a 4-1 mark, while Means has a 3.15 ERA.