Mountaineers Lose Game 3 and Series to Georgia Southern
By Jeff Vickers
After earning a 12-4 victory Saturday, the Mountaineers took the field Sunday in hopes of earning a victory and taking the series over Georgia Southern. Georgia Southern had other ideas, and clobbered the Mountaineers 15-2, claiming the series with a 2 games to 1 advantage.
Mountaineer starting pitcher Chad Donato (1-1) lasted 4 innings, allowing 5 runs, only 2 of which were earned, and allowing 6 hits. Nine other Mountaineer relievers followed him to finish out the ball game.
Connor Simmons picked up his 1st win on the season for Georgia Southern, going 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 of which were Home runs, and striking out 3.
The Mountaineers had opportunities in the series, in the 3 games combined WVU left 37 runners on base. Offensively the Mountaineers were led by Taylor Munden, Justin Fox. and Kyle Davis in the series. Munden went 5/12 in the series, hitting 2 home runs, and driving in 5 runs in the series. Justin Fox was also 5/12 in the series, scoring 4 runs, and hitting a home run and a double. Kyle Davis was 5/11 scoring 3 runs, hitting 2 doubles, and driving in 2 runs.
Pitching was up and down through out the series, the 3 starters (Myers, Vance, and Donato) combined to pitch 14 1/3 innings, allowing 18 hits, 11 runs (8 earned), and struck out 12. The Mountaineer bull pen pitched 10 2/3 innings in relief allowing 15 earned runs, walking 13 and striking out 14.
With the loss today, West Virginia falls to 3-3 on the season, and prepared to head to Myrtle Beach this coming weekend for the Coastal Carolina tournament. There are 4 games scheduled this weekend, play gets under way at noon Friday when the Mountaineers will face Kent State, followed by a 4:00 pm game against Coastal Carolina, both games will be played on campus at Coastal Carolina. Saturday the Mountaineers will face Ball State at 3:00 pm, and then close out the weekend Sunday with a 1:30 pm match up with Illinois. Saturday and Sundays games will take place at TicketReturn.com field at Pelicans Park.