Senior third baseman Kevin Brophy drove in four runs with a home run and a double as the West Virginia baseball team won its first of three games in South Carolina this weekend, 13-3 against Kennesaw State Friday morning. Despite the game’s start time being moved up to 10:30 a.m., the Mountaineers’ bats had no issues waking up, scoring runs in seven of eight innings en route to their best offensive performance of the young season.
Brophy led the offensive charge, finishing 2 for 5 with four RBI on a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh and a two-run double down the right-field line in the eighth. Sophomore first baseman Matt McCormick hit his team-leading third home run of the season in the bottom of the third and finished 1 for 4 with two RBI. Sophomore centerfielder Victor Scott also finished with two RBI, going 3 for 4 with a double, home run and three runs scored. Catcher Vince Ippoliti, left fielder Braden Barry and shortstop Mikey Kluska each drove in one run apiece.
Senior lefty Jackson Wolf (1-0, 0.47 ERA) started on the mound for the Mountaineers and picked up the win. He scattered four hits across seven scoreless innings while striking out four. Daniel Ouderkirk and Tim Wynia pitched the final two innings out of WVU’s bullpen. Kennesaw State starter Like Torbert (0-1, 9.75) took the loss, allowing eight runs, five earned, in four innings of work.
West Virginia (3-2) will be in the Palmetto State all weekend participating in the CCU Baseball Tournament. The Mountaineers will take on host Coastal Carolina Saturday at 3 p.m., broadcast on ESPN+, and Bryant at 11 a.m. on Sunday.