University Hawks vs. Parkersburg South Patriots
Friday, April 16, 2021 - 5:00pm - Hank Greenburg Field - Parkersburg, WV
Smith Pitches Hawks to First Victory
PARKERSBURG – Some timely hitting, solid pitching and plate discipline was the right formula on Friday for the University baseball team.
The Hawks (1-1, 1-1 OVAC) picked up their first win of the season with a 9-4 victory over host Parkersburg South.
Senior pitcher Evan Smith (1-0) was dominant on the mound as he lasted five innings while scattering six hits with eight strikeouts.
The big hit of the night came in the third inning when sophomore first baseman Noah Braham tripled down the rightfield line to clear a bases-loaded situation. That was part of the first four innings when the Hawks did all their scoring.
Parkersburg South did manage to plate three runs in the fifth but then senior Avante Neal closed the door with two innings of work on the mound for his first save of the season. Neal had three strikeouts in his two innings while allowing just one hit.
UHS mustered just four hits in the contest with Braham collecting the only extra base knock. Senior designated hitter Cam Musgrave had one hit with two RBI while junior Aaron Forbes and sophomore Chase Edwards each had a single. Neal also picked up an RBI at the plate.
While the Hawks didn’t collect too many hits, they were able to show some discipline at the plate with eight walks and took advantage of four batters being hit by a pitch to keep the basepaths busy.
University returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Washington for a doubleheader at Schilling Field. The first game is slated to start at noon.
Boyd Hurls, Hits Hawks to a Win
PARKERSBURG – Levi Boyd pitched five solid innings to help the UHS junior varsity team pick up its first win the of the season.
The Hawks (1-1) also collected nine hits in a 13-2 victory over Parkersburg South.
Boyd allowed just two hits and struck out six. Jarrett Walters pitched the final two innings with three strikeouts.
Tyler Furbee had a great night at the plate as he went 3-for-3 with a double while collecting four RBI. Boyd helped his own cause with a 2-for-3 performance that included a double and one RBI. Chase George also finished with two hits while Brodee Latocha and Jake Croston each had one hit. Croston did pick up three RBI in the contest.
The young Hawks return to action on Saturday when they host Washington in a doubleheader at the Lower Turf Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.