Black Bears Dominate the Keys in a 16-8 Win
GRANVILLE, W. Va. - After trailing early in the game, the West Virginia Black Bears came back to dominate the Frederick Keys in a 16-8 win Tuesday evening at Monongalia County Ballpark. Powered by a grand slam by C Tucker Mitchell and a 10-run inning in the eighth, the Black Bears took the first game of the series in their most dynamic offensive outing of the season.
A slow start plagued the Black Bears for the first two innings. Then in the bottom of the third, CF Garrett Spain hit a double that allowed him to steal third base before being plated by a sacrifice fly from 3B Freylin Minyety.
With an early 1-0 lead, the Black Bears added another run in the fourth inning. A double from DH Kaeber Rog allowed him to advance to third base off an error from the Keys' outfield. A RBI triple towards right field from SS Jeron Williams brought Rog home and gave West Virginia a 2-0 lead heading into the fifth inning.
Frederick, however, finally broke through their scoreless run to pick up six runs in the fifth and sixth innings, including a homerun in the fifth. Despite being behind 6-2, West Virginia made their own rally in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. A double from Mitchell plated Minyety who scored from second base. A pitching change from the Keys could not prevent the Black Bears from scoring as Mitchell advanced to home on a wild pitch a few plays later. Two more Black Bears crossed home plate before the end of the seventh inning to knot the game 6-6.
In an effort to kill the momentum, Frederick scored two more runs in the top of the eighth inning. But in one of the most epic rallies in the history of the Mon, West Virginia scored a whopping 10-runs in the bottom of the inning to put them back on top. A total of 14 Black Bears stepped into the box as the Keys' made three pitching changes to stop the assault. The efforts proved futile, as a home run blasted off the bat of Mitchell sent Williams, Spain and Minyety home in the first Black Bears grand slam at Monongalia County Ballpark. The home run would be the Texas native's fourth of the season and added to his already impressive stat line, as Mitchell finished the evening 2-for-3 with 2 R and 5 RBI. By the end of the inning, West Virginia slammed the door closed on the threat of a comeback and finished the game 16-8.
In his second start for the Black Bears, starting pitcher Lane Flamm threw five innings with nine strikeouts and only two hits. The former Xavier University pitcher recorded a season-high strikeout record, beating his previous record of five. RHP Trevor Tietz proved highly effective in his one-inning appearance on the mound and closed the ninth with three consecutive strikeouts.
The Black Bears look to add another tally to the win column against Frederick in the second game of the series on Wednesday night at Monongalia County Ballpark. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. For more information, please visit www.WestVirginiaBlackBears.com.
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