Travel Problems? No Problem

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Posted Feb 22, 2014


West Virginia faced a list of travel problems in making its way to the west coast for a weekend baseball series with San Diego State. However, as Randy Mazey noted, the Mountaineers wouldn't have it any other way, and it didn't affect them in a 6-2 win over the Aztecs.

When West Virginia was delayed in its flight to San Diego, and left waiting at the airport due to missing buses, it was simply par for the course. WVU has faced adversity throughout Mazey's tenure as head coach -- so much, in fact, that it's almost seemed routine. That has made situations suc as an early 2-1 deficit on the road to well-regarded San Diego State (3-2) just another obstacle to overcome, and WVU did that in rallying for a 6-2 in the opener of a three-game set in Southern California.

Upon arrival, Mazey's team was temporarily left stranded at the airport, leading him to tweet, "Just got to San Diego, no bus to pick us up from airport. The hits just keep on coming. Shaping up to be a good Mountaineer weekend!" That proved to be prescient, as his squad bounced back to get the first game.

WVU (2-2) scored first in the second when Jacob Rice singled, moved to third on a Shaun Wood hit and scampered home on a wild pitch, but the Mountaineers fell being two innings later when Ty France doubled home a pair of runs. For a team left looking for its own ride for the airport, that wasn't a big thing, and it showed in in the top of the fifth when Taylor Munden responded with a solo homer to left to tie things up at 2-2. Ryan McBroom later drove home Bobby Boyd with a sacrifice fly to give West Virginia a lead it would not relinquish.

The Mountaineers added a run in the seventh to push the lead to 5-2 after Musgrave held the Aztecs in check through the intervening two innings. Munden drove home designated hitter Max Nogay with a sacrifice fly, putting WVU in a similar position to its game a week ago against Louisville. This time, however, the Mountaineers nailed things down both offensively and defensively. Reliever Pascal Paul, who came on in the top of the seventh, recorded six consecutive outs, and the Moumntaineers added to more runs on four hits and an error in the top of the ninth to push its advantage to 6-2. Corey Walter came on to get three consecutive outs to finalize the vicroty.

Munden and McBroom drove in a pair of runs each while Felming and Rice each recorded three hits to pace WVU's 14-hit attack. Harrison Musgrave scattered five hits over six innings to get the win, while Paul and Walter combined to face the minimum number of batters over the last three innings. WVU pitchers struck out ten batters (Musgrave had 8), while walking just one.

WVU recorded 14 hits, giving it double figures in that category in every game this season. San Diego State was held to five, and saw its final 11 batters retired in order.

The Mountaineers and Aztecs will play the second game on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Sean Carley is expected to take the hill for WVU.


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