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WVU Baseball Rebounds After Tough Loss with Comeback Win Over No. 17 UCF

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A couple days after suffering a tough loss to Marshall, WVU Baseball opened their weekend with a come from behind 7-6 win over No. 17 UCF. The Mountaineers took a 2-0 lead in the second thanks to an RBI single from Aaron Jamison and a signature Mazeyball double steal, but the Knights rebounded to score the next five runs.

Kyle West hit a two-run homer to close the gap to 5-4, then tied the game with a two-run triple in the seventh after the Knights tacked on another run. West then gave West Virginia the lead thanks to an infield error with two outs, and David Hagaman struck out five batters over two innings for the save.

WVU now hopes a win like this one over a ranked conference opponent will help to alleviate the stain of dropping a game to a struggling Marshall team.

Despite the celebratory mood at the start of the game against the Thundering Herd, Marshall ended up with the last laugh on Mazey and WVU on Wednesday night, winning 3-2 in extra innings on Wednesday night.

Randy Mazey Presented with Retirement Gift from Marshall

Mazey’s Mountaineers still own an 18-5 record against the Thundering Herd during his tenure in Morgantown, which began ahead of the 2013 season. While it’s all respect between the in-state rivals, it isn’t hard to imagine that Marshall will be relieved to see him call it a career.

WVU Baseball will be back at Kendrick Family Ballpark on Saturday and Sunday to complete the series with UCF. First pitch for Saturday’s game is set for 4 pm while Sunday’s is scheduled for 1 pm.

Griffin Floyd also contributed to this story.

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