CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Morehead State's baseball team wasn't a very gracious visitor to the Mountain State during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, having taken a pair of games from West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park.
On Tuesday night, the Mountaineers plated runs in six of the eight innings in which they batted to earn a 13-5 win over the Eagles as 953 fans looked on.
WVU improved to 21-17 overall as it prepares for its first Big 12 Conference weekend series at Texas, while Morehead State lost its 13th straight in dropping to 9-28.
For former Nitro High standout Matt Frazer, the Kanawha Valley's lone representative on the WVU roster, the homecoming win was a welcome change compared to the team's past two meetings with Morehead State.
"They gave us some fits the last two times we played them, but tonight it was great weather, a great atmosphere and we came out and swung the bats and got the job done," said the 6-foot-5, 260-pound junior, who had a run-scoring double and sacrifice fly to finish with two RBI. "It felt good to have a rough stretch and finally get a hit. To square one up always feels great."
Frazer's double highlighted a four-run second inning for the Mountaineers, who led 7-0 after five innings.
The Mountaineers' four runs chased Morehead State starter Tyler Keele (2-5), who allowed four runs, two hits and a walk in 1-plus innings.
West Virginia freshman pitcher Brock Dykxhoorn (2-0) made his third career start, but struggled with his control early on, issuing four walks and tossing 53 pitches in 2-plus innings.
Dykxhoorn left in the third inning, with no outs and runners on second and third after issuing a pair of walks. Junior Ryan Tezak (3-0) came on to close out the threat by wiggling out of the inning without allowing a run.
"Tezak has been really good this year about really shutting people down when we're in a bind," Frazer said.
"He's got that splitter and he really keeps them off balance. Hopefully he can continue to do that because he's really important to our team."
First-year WVU Coach Randy Mazey was pleased with the work of his bullpen, in which six relievers combined to toss seven innings, allowing five runs and striking out eight.