Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hawaii cools WVU bats, takes series opener

Chad Donato gave up two earned runs in 6.1 innings on Thursday. (Photo Credit: WVUsports.com)

Chad Donato gave up two earned runs in 6.1 innings on Thursday.
(Photo Credit: WVUsports.com)

HONOLULU- West Virginia saw its five game winning streak come to an end on Thursday night as Hawaii defeated the Mountaineers 4-1 at Les Murakami Stadium.

Junior Chad Donatao took the loss. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits through 6.1 innings.

The right-hander struggled with control early, walking four batters in the first three innings. He walked five total and struck out seven.

“Just when you think you have it good and you’re playing well, this game will humble you in a hurry,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “We didn’t have a great approach at the plate, and Chad Donato was uncharacteristic on the mound. He walked five guys, most of them in the early innings, and they took advantage of it. But, good teams bounce back from stuff like this, and we’ll come back tomorrow ready to play, I’m sure.”

Brendan Hornung pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just four hits for the Rainbow Warriors (5-5). He fanned six and walked one.

WVU (5-5) entered the game with a team batting average of .308 but the Mountaineers couldn’t solve Hornung.

Freshman right fielder Darius Hill doubled to right center in the eighth off Cody Culp. Two batters later junior first baseman Jackson Cramer drove in Hill on a single to right field.

Huth went 2-for-4 for WVU.

Hawaii got on the board first. Donato walked second baseman Josh Rojas in the second. Third baseman Johnny Weeks singled on a line drive to center field. A passed ball moved both runners up 90 feet. Rojas scored on a ground out by catcher Kekai Rios. Jacob Sheldon-Collins drove in another run on a single to shallow right field.

After the two-run second, Donato shut down the Rainbow Warriors in order in the third, fifth and sixth inning, and a double play in the fourth helped him face the minimum.

Donato issued a walk in the seventh followed by back-to-back singles to load the bases. Conner Dotson relieved Donato, but Sheldon-Collins drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to center field. Dotson struck out Eric Ramirez to end the inning.

The series continues on Friday at 11:35 p.m. (ET).



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