AUBURN, N.Y. - Black Bears' starter RHP Luis Escobar allowed just one hit through six shutout innings while striking out seven hitters to lead West Virginia to a 5-0 win over Auburn on Saturday night from Falcon Park. Escobar improves to 6-5 as the Black Bears outhit the Doubledays, 10-1 in the contest.
West Virginia jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning as 1B Albert Baur, who singled, came across to score on an RBI groundout off the bat of LF Hunter Owen. In the fourth, the Black Bears increased their advantage to 2-0 on SS Nick King's RBI double.
Two innings later, the Black Bears would tally another run. DH Kevin Krause began the frame with a walk and would come in to score on Owen's RBI sacrifice fly to right field to give West Virginia a 3-0 lead. RF Ty Moore's RBI single in the seventh before Owen's RBI groundout in the eighth would eventually put West Virginia ahead, 5-0.
West Virginia's bullpen was excellent as well. Reliever RHP Mike Wallace tossed two scoreless innings in his debut with the Black Bears as LHP Cristian Mota shut down the Doubledays in the ninth inning.
Moore went 3-for-5 to pace the offense while Baur also had an excellent performance going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. For the Doubledays, DH Oliver Ortiz had the team's lone hit of the game with a two out, single in the fourth as starter RHP Weston Davis fell to 3-6, allowing two earned runs on five hits through five innings.
Tomorrow afternoon, the Black Bears (37-37) will return home to host the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (36-37) at 4:05 p.m. from Monongalia County Ballpark on Family Sunday. Kids can run the bases after the conclusion of the game. Fans can listen to Kyle Wiggs who has the call on www.westvirginiablackbears.com, the TuneIn Radio app and on the MetroNews Radio Network. For tickets, visit www.westvirginiablackbears.com or call 304-293-7910.
Dominating The Doubledays
Over West Virginia's series sweep at Auburn, from September 1-3, Black Bears' OF Ty Moore hit .636 (7-for-11) with three runs scored and three RBI. Currently, the 12th round draft pick in 2015 leads the Black Bears in batting average this season (.299).
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