West Virginia State Sweeps Glenville Saturday, Matt Harrison Homers Twice

West Virginia State baseball pulled off the Saturday sweep, taking down Mountain East Conference divisional foe Glenville State 7-4 and 4-3 at Sue Morris Complex. The finale was State’s fifth one-run game out of their last seven.

The Yellow Jackets move to 17-7 on the season and 14-4 in MEC action, while Glenville State drops to 13-10 and 9-9.

Graduate student Christopher Jordan carried the hot bat Saturday, tallying five hits across the two contests, doubling and scoring four total times. Classmate Matt Harrison homered in both games, bringing his season long ball total to nine, and senior Andrew Stone also doubled and homered at the plate Saturday.

The Pioneers scored first with a solo shot in the second, but it was a short-lived lead after Jordan singled  home shortstop Brett Christian, who reached earlier on a fielder’s choice. Just a few at bats later, the Yellow Jackets took a three-run lead off Harrison’s round-tripper that brought in both Jordan and junior Michael Stone, who had also singled earlier in the frame.

Another Glenville homer cut the lead in half at the bottom of the third, and the game remained at 4-2 mark until the fifth, when Harrison and Jordan worked their routine again. Jordan singled to right field and a Harrison double to his sweet spot of the game- center field- scored him to put WVSU up 5-2.

The very next at bat, Andrew Stone went yard, giving State its seventh run of the game. The Pioneers blasted their third home run of the game in the fifth for the 7-4 final decision.

Graduate student Ethan Lauchart picked up his fourth win of the year to improve to 4-0, tossing 4.2 innings and striking out five. Andrew Stone earned his second save of the season with two perfect innings.

Senior Daniel Brandon was critical on the mound for State, hurling five innings of relief, surrendering just three hits and did not allow a walk or run as he  moved to 4-0 on the season.

Glenville took a 3-0 lead through the first two innings off a string of singles before Jordan picked up right where he left off in the opening game, singling and then scoring off a hit from Andrew Stone. Stoney then capitalized on a wild pitch to advance to second and scored on a center field single from sophomore Trey Junkins.

Jordan again played the hero, tying the contest after a leadoff double and later scoring on Stoney’s two-bagger to center field.

State took the lead in thrilling fashion as Harrison launched a no-doubter to left field in the seventh and handed the Yellow Jackets the nightcap and the sweep.

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