In front of a Monongalia County Ballpark record crowd of 4,355 people, No. 1 seed West Virginia downed No. 4 seed Fordham, 6-2, in the first game of the NCAA Baseball Morgantown Regional.
It was a night that the city of Morgantown won't soon forget, as an NCAA Regional was played in the home of the Mountaineers for the first time in 64 years, and for the first time ever in Mon County Ballpark. Fans flooded the park and its surrounding areas, just to be a part of history.
The Mountaineers will now meet No. 3 seed Duke tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils upset No. 2 Texas A&M, 8-5, in the first game of the day on Friday. The Aggies will meet the Rams tomorrow in the loser's bracket game at 2 p.m.
First Team All-American Alek Manoah is set to take the mound for the Mountaineers in Saturday's game.
The Rams got on the board in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from Matt Tarabek that scored Jake MacKenzie from third base. However, the Mountaineers took the lead in the third inning off an RBI walk, sac fly and a wild pitch.
The Mountaineers added a pair in the sixth on an RBI double from Tyler Doanes that scored Kevin Brophy and Ivan Gonzalez. Gonzalez capped the Mountaineer scoring with an RBI double to right field in the seventh, which plated Paul McIntosh.
Nick Snyder got the win on the mound for the Mountaineers, going five innings while allowing one run on four hits and four walks, and striking out seven. Kade Strowd relieved Synder in the sixth and allowed one run with four walks and five strikeouts.
For Fordham, John Stankiewicz took the loss allowing three hits and three runs with five walks, all of which came in the third inning. The Mountaineers knocked the Rams' ace out of the game in the middle of that inning.