WVU-MU game finally settled in 13th inning, 11-10
CHARLESTON — Kyle Gray’s single up the middle in the top of the 13th inning late Tuesday night lifted West Virginia University to an 11-10 baseball marathon victory against Marshall University at Appalachian Power Park.
Darius Hill of the Mountaineers crossed home plate with the winning run on Gray’s base hit, ending a five-hour, 40-minute contest that had 27 hits, 20 walks, three batters hit by pitches, eight fielding errors, 30 base runners left stranded, one head coach ejected and an announced turnout of only 150 spectators.
Marshall head coach Jeff Waggoner was thrown out in the ninth inning after arguing an interference call with the home plate umpire, but WVU’s Randy Mazey was still around at the end and said it was “one of the ugliest games you’ll ever see two teams play,” according to a WVUSports.com report.
The 70th all-time meeting between the Marshall and WVU baseball teams was certainly memorable.
WVU (20-18) got the scoring started early. The first three Mountaineers to bat put down successful bunts, loading the bases with no outs. Marques Inman was up next and ripped a sacrifice fly to right to bring in a run. Kyle Gray followed by hitting into a fielder’s choice that drove in another run.
Marshall answered in its half of the first inning. Kody Matthews led off with a walk and Will Ray reached on a hit by pitch before Thundering Herd catcher Reynaldo Pastrana crushed a pitch by WVU starter Isaiah Kerns off the top of the batter’s eye screen in center field to give Marshall a 3-2 lead.
WVU found some two-out offense in the third inning to score four times. After Marshall retired the first two Mountaineer batters of the inning, Inman walked before Gray hit a home run. Ivan Gonzalez and Tyler Doane both reached base and scored when Jimmy Galusky sent a ball off the wall in left field.
Again, however, Marshall (17-21) had an answer in its half of the third inning. Pastrana singled and Peter Hutzal reached on an error, with both scoring on a single by freshman Geordon Blanton.
The Herd took a 7-6 lead with two runs in the fourth when Andrew Zban walked and Pastrana reached on a single before hits by Tucker Linder and Dakota Robbins brought both around to score.
Braden Zarbnisky’s single for WVU in the fifth inning scored Carter Illig and tied the score 7-7.
WVU took a lead in the seventh when Zarbnisky and Galusky drove in runs, but Marshall wasn’t done.
Blanton, Erik Rodriguez and Matthews all reached base and scored to give Marshall a 10-9 lead after seven innings.
Hill led off the WVU eighth inning with a solo homer that tied the game 10-10.
Marshall gets back into Conference USA play with a three-game series at FIU that begins at 7 p.m. Friday.