MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia University baseball team lost the second game of a doubleheader to No. 4 Texas Tech 4-3 on Saturday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (26-19, 10-10 Big 12) jumped out to a 3-1 lead but things went south after a rain delay.
“We were winning when it started raining and losing at the end, so that was a big difference,” WVU head coach Randy Mazey said. “It seemed like their energy got a lot better after the rain delay because, maybe BJ (Myers) was out of (the game). That’s two weekends in a row we’ve been snake-bite by rain delays and get our best starter out of the game.”
With runners at the corners, Kyle Davis singled up the middle, driving in Kyle Gray from third. Then Braden Zarbnisky scored on a balk to give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
In the third inning, the Red Raiders (39-12, 13-7) cut the deficit to 2-1 on Ryan Long’s double to left field, scoring Michael Davis.
However, WVU responded in the bottom half when Kyle Davis blasted a solo home run over the left center field wall.
After an hour and 19-minute rain delay, Ryan McDonald relieved starter BJ Myers. Two walks, an erred pickoff attempt, a steal and a base hit allowed Texas Tech to pull within one, 3-2.
Texas Tech tied the game in the top of the eighth as Grant Little scored on a double play up the middle. Little led off the eighth on a walk, then was moved over to third thanks to a single from Long to left field. Davis booted the ball, giving Little the opportunity move up another 90 feet.
In the ninth, the Red Raiders took their first lead on a base hit from Cody Farhart.
Myers tossed four innings, surrendering one run on five hits before being lifted due to the rain delay. McDonald tossed three innings. He gave up one earned run on two hits. Jackson Sigman (2-3) suffered the loss, giving up one run on three hits.
The Mountaineers will look to salvage the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET).