CANTON, Ohio – West Virginia strung together 14 hits and took advantage of six walks and two hit batters to defeat The University of Akron baseball team 17-6 in a seven-inning game at Munson Stadium on Thursday.
Redshirt freshman Devan Ahart led Akron's (14-22) efforts at the plate with a three-run triple, and junior Jared Turocy scored a pair of runs. Sophomore Tyler Smith (0-2) took the loss after allowing five earned runs in five innings on the mound.
Matt Frazer went 3-for-4 with four RBI on a home run and two doubles for WVU (15-23). Brady Wilson also went 3-for-4 and scored four runs.
The Mountaineers wasted no time getting on the board, plating three in the first. Smith walked Wilson to start the game and hit Bobby Boyd to put two on. After both runners moved up on a fly out by Ryan McBroom, Wilson scored on a passed ball. Frazer then took Smith deep to right to give WVU a 3-0 lead.
West Virginia added to its margin with a run in both the third and fourth innings. Frazer hit his first double in the third to plate Wilson, and Stuart Jeck drove in a run in the fifth with a two-out single down the right field line.
The Zips got on the board by taking advantage of a WVU error in the fourth. Washington reached on the blunder by Jeck at short and would score on a single to left by Dan Burant.
The Mountaineers made it 10-1 with a run in the fifth and a four-run burst in the sixth. WVU strung together five straight base hits in the sixth to keep its rally going.
Ahart brought UA back with his third triple of the season in the sixth. The liner to right center came with two outs and the bases loaded.
WVU put the game away with a seven-run seventh. UA committed a pair of errors in the frame to keep the inning going, as the visitors sent 12 batters to the plate. Akron pitchers helped the Mountaineers along with four walks and a hits batter in the inning.
Akron continues midweek play tomorrow with a 3 p.m. game at Pittsburgh.