Mountaineers Win Streak Hits Nine After 8-0 Shutout of UNC Greensboro
West Virginia baseball defeated the UNC Greensboro Spartans 8-0 Sunday to sweep the series and their entire North Carolina road trip.
Sophomore starter Grant Siegel faced the minimum through five innings, allowing a walk and a single but working a pair of double play attempts to kick off the shutout.
Catcher Logan Sauve fouled out to right with runners at the corners to plate a run. Shortstop Tevin Tucker bunted his way on base, and center fielder Braden Barry hit a homer to left to make it 4-0.
The Mountaineers added a fifth run the next inning, loading the bases with two outs before Tucker drew a hit by pitch.
The Mountaineers loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Barry singled, while second baseman JJ Wetherholt and designated hitter Dayne Leonard drew walks. Left fielder Caleb McNeely worked another walk to score a run. Third baseman Sam White hit into a double play, but not before another run scored to make it 7-0.
West Virginia’s bullpen took over from there and put on cruise control. Robby Porco struck out two batters. Keegan Allen pitched a clean seventh inning on just nine pitches. Noah Short ran into trouble when the first two batters he faced reached on a hit by pitch and an error, but a double play and another groundout got him out of the eighth unscathed.
Singles by first baseman Grant Hussey, Sauve and Tucker made it 8-0 in the ninth.
Carlson Reed took the ninth and hit the first batter he faced before forcing a flyout. He worked a full-count strikeout for the second out, and the Mountaineers were awarded an unusual double play as the runner attempting to steal second was called out for interference, ending the game.
West Virginia moves to 15-4 on the season. Up next is a two game home series against Hofstra beginning at 6:30 pm Tuesday.