By Ryan Decker
WINSTON-SALEM – Friday was the first time since 1996 that a West Virginia University baseball team played in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
Freshman Alek Manoah’s first pitch ended a 21-year NCAA postseason drought for the Mountaineers.
What ended in a convincing 9-1 victory for WVU turned out to be a record day for a program that doesn’t appear anywhere close to being ready to going home for the summer.
- Shortstop and WV-native Jimmy Galusky homered twice in the game, hitting a pair of solo shots that book-ended his day at the plate.
The home runs didn’t stop there, though.
- Kyle Davis, who also went yard twice, joined Galusky as both became the first players in WVU postseason-baseball history to accomplish the feat.
- As a team, the Mountaineers clubbed six home runs in the game, doubling the NCAA Tournament high of three, previously accomplished in 1963 against Wake Forest.
- West Virginia’s nine team runs are tied for the second most ever scored in a NCAA Tournament game. It’s only the fourth time in program history a WVU team has scored at least nine runs in a game during the postseason.
On the mound, BJ Myers, who entered the game in the fourth inning in relief of Manoah, tied a pair of records, further putting himself amongst the names of the best to play at WVU
- Myers and Manoah’s combined efforts of limiting the Maryland offense to just one run, ties the WVU record for fewest runs allowed in a tournament game. Holding an opponent to just one run had only been accomplished twice before – vs. Auburn in 1963 and vs. ECU in 1982.
- During Myers’ 5.2 innings on the mound, he himself didn’t allow any runs to score, trying him with Jeff Wilson (1963) and John Holshey (1982) as the only Mountaineers to throw at least five innings and allow zero runs in an NCAA postseason game.
West Virginia is back in action Saturday against the Winston-Salem Region top seed, and host, Wake Forest at 7 p.m. That game will be broadcasted live on 91.7 FM in the Morgantown area or on u92.wvu.edu.