West Virginia’s Kevin Newman hit his first professional home run to help the Black Bears to a 7-3 win over the State College Spikes on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Newman, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, finished 2 for 4 and scored two runs. The shortstop is now hitting .205.
West Virginia’s Dario Agrazal went six innings, allowing one run on three hits to earn the win. Agrazal finished with seven strikeouts.
State College’s Dailyn Martinez allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings to take the loss. Martinez also walked four and struck out four.
Jose Godoy went 2 for 4 to lead the Spikes, who were limited to six hits.
State College (13-13) jumped out to an early lead.
Godoy doubled, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on R.J. Dennard’s single in the second inning.
The Black Bears (11-15) took the lead for good on Newman’s two-run home run in the third inning. West Virginia went ahead 5-1 in the fourth after an RBI single by Christian Kelley and a two-run single by Ty Moore.
Moore paced West Virginia with three hits. Kevin Kramer, Casey Hughston, Maximo Rivera and Kelley each had two hits for the Black Bears, who had 14 hits.
Elier Rodriguez drove in State College’s final two runs on a groundout in the seventh and a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
The Spikes return home Saturday to start a three-game series against Batavia. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Juan Perez (2-1, 3.66) will be on the mound for the Spikes, while Brett Lilek (0-1, 6.48) will start for Batavia.