GRANVILLE, W.Va. - RF Kevin Krause's go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning propelled West Virginia to a 6-5 win on Saturday night at Monongalia County Ballpark. Reliever LHP Cristian Mota earned his first win of the year tossing the final two innings scoreless.
West Virginia took an early advantage in the bottom of the third inning as Krause hit a two RBI single to left field to give the Black Bears a 2-0 lead. But, Auburn would answer in the top of the fourth inning as a wild pitch scored Tres Barrera.
The Doubledays' offense would continue to roll in the top of the fifth inning as 2B Jake Noll's RBI triple scored Blake Perkins to tie the game 2-2. West Virginia's bats, though, provided a much needed response in the bottom of the frame as RBI singles from DH Hunter Owen, LF Ty Moore along with an RBI double from 2B Erik Forgione put the Black Bears ahead 5-2.
Black Bears' RHP Matt Frawley entered with two outs in the sixth to relieve starter LHP Cam Vieaux who allowed three earned runs over 5.2 innings. With the bases loaded, a balk cut Auburn's deficit to 5-3. An inning later, Barrera's two-run home run over the left field wall evened the score, 5-5.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, with one out, Moore sparked the Black Bears' offense with a one out double. After advancing to third on a groundout from SS Stephen Alemais, Moore would score the winning run on Krause's go-ahead RBI single to left field.
Krause went 2-for-5 with three RBI, while 1B Albert Baur, C Chris Harvey and Owen also had two hits each. For Auburn, reliever RHP Carlos Acevedo took the loss tossing 3.2 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits. Doubledays' 3B Sheldon Neuse paced the ten-hit attack going 3-for-5.
Tomorrow night, the Black Bears (14-15) will travel to take on the Williamsport Crosscutters (16-13) at 5:05 p.m. from BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. Fans can listen to Andrew Caridi who has the call on www.westvirginiablackbears.com, the TuneIn Radio app and on the MetroNews Radio Network.
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Tonight's 6-5 win over the Auburn Doubledays secures West Virginia's first series sweep since their blanking of the Batavia Muckdogs on June 19-21.
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