The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


March 13, 2014

Tech baseball sweeps Alfred

EAST BANK — The WVU Tech baseball team  completed a three-game series sweep over Alfred (N.Y.) State College with a 17-7 win Sunday afternoon at Douglas M. Epling Field. The Golden Bears improved to 4-6 while the Builders fell to 0-6.

Tech came out strong right away by grabbing a 2-0 lead after just one inning of play and then exploding for five runs in a second inning that featured four hits and saw the Golden Bears bat around the lineup.

The hosts added seven more runs through the fifth inning to build a commanding 14-0 lead. However, the Builders tried to answer back in the top of the sixth by scoring five runs on three hits and two Tech errors, pulling to within 14-5.

For Tech, junior second baseman Austin Lucas went a perfect 2-for-2 with three RBIs, a sacrifice fly and two stolen bases.

Freshman center fielder Zach Maynard continued his hot streak with a 2-for-4 day at the plate that included four runs scored. Maynard, who also walked three times, stole three bases. Over the first 10 games of this season, Maynard is batting .474 with four RBIs and nine hits.

Senior left fielder Zeke Grissinger (2-for-2) also had a big day at the plate, scoring three runs on two doubles and three walks. Freshman designated hitter Doug Prather drove in three runs on two hits while stealing a base. Senior shortstop Nick Quintero also marked two hits and drove in two runs.

Rounding out Tech’s top run producers were third baseman Jayson Sykora, first baseman Zach Sizemore and catcher Zach Romine. The trio drove in seven runs total (Sykora 3, Sizemore 2 and Romine 2).

On the mound, sophomore Tommy Weaver (1-1) recorded the win and did the majority of the work pitching the first 5.0 innings, striking out four batters. Freshmen Will Patteson and D.J. Burgess both fanned two batters in relief roles.

On Saturday at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, Tech swept Alfred State, 10-9 and 14-13.

Leading Tech were Sizemore, Maynard and right fielder Marc-Richard Culmer. Sizemore combined to go 5-for-7 with three runs scored and four RBIs, including a homer, in the two games. Culmer drove in three runs and scored five times while going 4-for-7 at the plate. Maynard was 4-for-5 in game two, driving in one run and scoring once.

Junior pitcher Josh Spears (1-1) grabbed the victory on the mound in the opener with 2.0 innings pitched, four hits, three runs, and a strikeout. Junior Craig Johnson drew the start, pitching 4.0 innings, striking out four.

On the mound for Tech in the nightcap, junior Zach Thomas (1-0) got the start and the win. In three innings, he yielded three runs and two hits while walking two. Freshmen Ryan Windon, Jordon Mounts, Arik McGinnis and Sykora also threw for Tech.

Tech is in Vero Beach, Fl. for spring break. The Bears will play a total of five games at the Vero Beach Tournament.

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