West Virginia State took a pair of baseball games from Bluefield State Saturday at Buffalo High School. The Yellow Jackets won the first game 4-3 in eight innings, then took the nightcap 6-3.
In the opener, Billy Smith went 4-for-5 with two doubles, including a game-winning two-run double to seal the walk-off win for State. Chase Pickering struck out eight in seven-plus innings for the Yellow Jackets.
In the second game, Jeff Bunch went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead WVSU (5-14). Kelly Williams allowed three runs on four hits and struck out four in five innings for the Jackets, and Jordan Butcher earned the save.
TECH BASEBALL: WVU Tech lost a couple of games to Rio Grande 12-5 and 9-6 Saturday at Bob Evans Field in Rio Grande, Ohio.
In game one, Mark Parent went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs for the Red Storm (18-9). Ryan Robertson got the win, giving up five runs on six hits in 61/3 innings. For the Golden Bears (13-9), Jose Soto was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs and starter Taylor Carter was handed the loss.
Rio Grande's Shane Spies was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in game two, while Donson Dearth got the win in middle relief. Marc Culmer went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Tech and Brad Boles gave up two runs on one hit in one-third of an inning for the loss.
WVU BASEBALL: West Virginia swept a doubleheader Saturday from Manhattan at Hawley Field in Morgantown. The Mountaineers won 2-0 in the first game and 7-6 in the nightcap.
In the opener, Marshall Thompson allowed two hits in six innings for WVU. Matt Frazer went 2-for-3 for the Mountaineers while Chris Rasky and Nate Antone each had an RBI.
In the second game, Ryan McBroom drove in two as West Virginia used a four-run eighth inning to take the lead. Austin Pressly picked up the win for Mountaineers (10-10) with a scoreless eighth inning, while Ryan Tezak earned his fourth save of the year.