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Mountaineers descend the Grand Canyon to advance to the Super Regional

TUCSON, Ariz. – For the first time in program history, the West Virginia University baseball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals after defeating Grand Canyon, 10-6, on Sunday night in the Tucson regional final at Hi Corbett Field.

“To win a regional like this, we represent a ton of people,” warns head coach Randy Mazey said. “Not just our university and the community, but 1.8 million people in the state of West Virginia that I know are really proud of all of these guys right now and everything that they’ve accomplished.”

The Mountaineers are now 36-22 on the season and will play in a Super Regional next week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or Baton Rouge, Louisiana, depending on the outcome of Monday’s game between UNC and LSU.

After getting some excellent pitching in the first two games of the Tucson Regional, Sunday was all about the at-bats as West Virginia had 17 hits, including three hits each from a sophomore . Logan Saved and junior JJ Wetherholt.

Sauvé finished the night with three RBIs and three runs scored as a sophomore. Sam Whitesenior Reed Chumleyand junior Grant Hussey each hit in two runs. Second year student Ben Lumsdenfirst-year student Spencer Barnettand second year student King Skylar all added two hits for the Mountaineers.

Junior Aidan Major earned the win by allowing just one run in 4.2 innings, making his first appearance since May 5 against Cincinnati as a sophomore Carson Estridge struck out four in 3.2 innings. After pitching a complete game Friday, senior Derek Clark came in to get the final two outs of the game, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

The Mountaineers took an early lead with two runs in the first as Chumley hit a sacrifice fly and Hussey had an RBI single. The lead didn’t last long for WVU as Grand Canyon scored three goals in the half, forcing Major to make an appearance in early relief where he was able to limit the damage to a simple sacrifice fly after entering with bases loaded and no one got out.

West Virginia responded in the second with three runs on RBI singles from Sauve, White and Chumley. The Mountaineers extended the lead in each of the next three innings, scoring two in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 10-3 lead.

The Lopes got a run in the fifth before Estridge came in and ended a bases-loaded threat with a strikeout.

In the ninth, GCU hit a two-run homer and put in another runner before Mazey turned to Clark. After allowing a single to his first batter, he retired the next player on three pitches before ending the game with a 3-2, 91 mph dotted fastball to the inside corner.

Clark was named Tucson’s regional MVP while Sauve, Chumley and junior pitcher Tyler Switalski were named to the All-Tournament team.

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