5/2/2013 9:39 PM
by Concord Sports Information
ATHENS, W. Va. – Sophomore pitcher Kevin Mack gave the Concord University baseball team 8.1 innings of quality baseball and the CU offense pounded out 12 hits to defeat Charleston 5-1 Thursday in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament action.
Mack scattered six hits and one run while walking just two batters to pick up the victory, his fifth of the season. The outing was his longest of the season, surpassing a pair of seven-inning complete games. Mack has now allowed just five runs over his last 31.2 innings pitched.
Senior outfielder Devin Smith was 4-for-5 at the plate for the Mountain Lions with one RBI, two singles, a double and a triple. Junior outfielder Bret Blevins went 2-for-4, driving in two runs in the eighth inning.
In addition to a pair of great defensive plays, sophomore second baseman Jerrod Groves drove in one run and recorded a pair of hits. Senior shortstop Josh Wenger also drove a run in and had one hit.
Concord and Charleston traded runs in the third inning before Mack and UC pitcher Andrew Austin threw three consecutive scoreless innings to take a 1-1 game into seventh inning. The Mountain Lions broke the tie in the seventh when Groves singled home junior first baseman Joey Miller, who led off the inning with a single.
CU added three additional insurance runs in the eighth starting with Wenger’s RBI-hit followed by Blevins’ two-run hit that extended Concord’s lead to four runs at 5-1.
Mack tossed a scoreless eighth inning and retired the first batter in the ninth before giving up a double and a walk to back-to-back batters. Junior pitcher Will Zuspan came on in relief of Mack to get the final two outs of the game to secure the victory.
Concord will play either Fairmont State, Shepherd, or West Virginia State 6:30 p.m. Friday. At 2-0 on the tournament, CU is assured of advancing to the final day of the tournament.
-Courtesy of Concord Sports Information