Norfolk, Va.–The Mountaineer baseball team was unable to overcome an early two run deficit Saturday as they lost the three game series with Old Dominion two games to one.
Connor Dotson started on the mound for West Virginia.
Old Dominion scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning.
Nick Walker was walked to start the inning and advanced to third base on a Vinnie Pasquantino single. The Monarchs Zach Rutherford reached on a fielder’s choice.
WVU went down in order in the first and second innings.
Redshirt sophomore Jimmy Galusky was the first Mountaineer to get on base in the game when he reached on a fielder’s choice, bunt in the third inning.
The Monarchs would go on to score again giving them a 2-0 lead before the Mountaineers got their bats going in the seventh inning to put a run on the board.
Sophomore right-hander Jacob Potock relieved Dotson after five innings. Potock’s time on the mound was short lived as he was taken out of the game and relieved by freshman right-hander Sam Kessler after giving up two hits and issuing a walk.
Sophomore Braden Zarbnisky was the fifth Mountaineer pitcher to see the mound and he was not the last.
Freshmen Alek Manoah, Riley Troutt and Frank Vesuvio also saw time on the mound.
Things did not get any better for WVU in the eighth inning during which the Monarchs put five more runs on the board.
In the top of the 9th inning; however, a Mountaineer rally began with Zarbnisky and Hill being walked.Two passed balls put Zarbnisky on third base. He went on to score after a Cole Austin single.
WVU went on two put two more runs on the board, but the rally ended there and the Mountaineers fell 7-4.
The Mountaineers will open its home field play at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Morehead State.