CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One losing streak had to end, and luckily for the fans in attendance at Appalachian Power Park on Monday, it was West Virginia's.
The Mountaineers overcame some shaky starting pitching, capitalized on five Morehead State errors and rode their offense to a 13-5 win, snapping a two-game skid against the Eagles over the past two years. Both games were in Charleston.
Jacob Rice had two hits and scored three runs for West Virginia and the Morehead State miscues combined with five walks and four hit batters contributed to the large offensive output. The Eagles actually held a 9-8 advantage in hits.
The Eagles, who have now lost 13 games in a row, could nary afford to make mental mistakes, but two hit batters, a walk and an error in the second inning led to four West Virginia runs and the Mountaineers were off and running.
For players like former Nitro standout Matt Frazer, finally getting over the Eagles in any fashion was satisfying.
"Finally - they've gave us some fits the last few times we've played them," Frazer said. "But tonight - great weather, great atmosphere, and we came out and swung the bats and got the job done."
Frazer laced an RBI double to right-center field to score Ryan McBroom in the second inning to give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead. He later added a sacrifice fly.
All in all, West Virginia scored in six of its eight innings and scored more than one run five times.
Meanwhile, freshman starter Brock Dykxhoorn scuffled in his two innings for WVU, walking four and giving up two hits before being pulled with two on and no outs in the third inning.
Despite his struggles, the Eagles couldn't scratch out a run off Dykxhoorn, and reliever Ryan Tezak got the Mountaineers out of the jam unscathed.
Six relievers combined to finish the game for WVU, with Tezak picking up the win after tossing two innings of hitless shutout ball and yielding just a walk.
While the use of so many pitchers may seem like a negative, West Virginia coach Randy Mazey said it was something WVU needed heading into a Big 12 weekend series at Texas.