WVU baseball team sweeps Baylor, 4-1

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Back-to-back home runs by senior first baseman Ryan McBroom and senior left fielder Jacob Rice led the WVU baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Baylor on Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park.

The win gives WVU a 2-0 series sweep in its first Big 12 action of the season after winning 6-3 on Friday and a game cancellation on Saturday.

Junior right-hander Sean Carley (5-0) stayed undefeated in his seventh start of the season for WVU with a complete game.Carley let up one run on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

West Virginia improves to 15-8 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 after scoring four runs on five hits. Baylor dropped to 13-13 overall and 4-4 in Big 12 action, scoring one run on five hits with one error.

McBroom hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth with a home run to center field that hit off the batter’s eye, scoring junior center fielder Bobby Boyd. Rice then followed up with a solo homer over the left field fence, his first of the season, extending the lead to 4-1.

It was the first time since the Oklahoma State game in the Big 12 Championship last season that the Mountaineers went back-to-back. McBroom and Brady Wilson hit consecutive home runs during that game.

West Virginia jumped out to 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Boyd was plated. Boyd tripled down the left field line and was driven in on a sacrifice fly to center field by junior second baseman Billy Fleming.

A single through the left side by Baylor’s Adam Toth tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third. Logan Brown scored the game-tying run after getting hit by a pitch to lead off the frame.

Baylor right-hander Austin Stone went 5.2 innings in the loss, allowing four runs on five hits with one strikeout and two walks.

West Virginia will be on the road Tuesday to square off against Pitt.

The game is set to start at 4 p.m. Last Tuesday, WVU defeated the Panthers, 6-3, in Morgantown.