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WVU Baseball Cruises to 4-1 Regional Win Behind Clark’s Complete Game

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WVU Baseball pitcher Derek Clark

WVU Baseball cruised to a 4-1 win over Dallas Baptist to open their NCAA Tournament run on Friday.

Left-hander Derek Clark mowed through the Patriots’ lineup, allowing just four hits and one run while preserving West Virginia’s bullpen with a complete game. He also struck out eight batters, doing so on just 101 pitches—71 of which went for strikes.

The Mountaineers leapt out to a 3-0 lead in the third, all coming from the bat of catcher Logan Sauve. Ben Lumsden drew a full count walk before a stray pitch caught superstar shortstop JJ Wetherholt in the lower leg. Sauve immediately made Patriots’ starter Ryan Johnson pay for the offense, drilling a slider more than 430 feet to the batter’s eye in dead center.

Dallas Baptist got their first real chance at Clark in the bottom of the frame, hitting consecutive one-out singles before a fielder’s choice put runners at the corners. Clark colluded with Grant Hussey to escape the inning, whipping a pickoff throw to the first baseman to catch third baseman Michael Dattalo napping.

Hussey flashed his glove again in the fourth, stretching over the Patriots’ dugout railing to snag a foul.

West Virginia added to the lead with three hits in a row to start the sixth: singles from Sauve and White, then a Reed Chumley double that made it 4-0.

Dallas Baptist managed one run in the eighth via sacrifice fly, but head coach Randy Mazey sent Clark back out for the ninth to finish what he started. He retired the side on eight pitches to secure the win.

WVU Baseball advances to play the winner of Friday night’s Tucson regional game between No. 1 seed Arizona and No. 4 seed Grand Canyon, which will begin at 9 pm EDT. Their matchup will take place at 10 pm EDT on Saturday, June 1.

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