MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Despite coming from behind to force extra innings, No. 25 West Virginia University fell to Oklahoma, 7-4, on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (25-17, 10-8 Big 12) scored two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 4-4 but the Sooners (30-16, 8-7 Big 12) scored three runs in the 10th inning to win it.
“We only have about three weeks left in (the regular season), and what’s going to carry us through the stretch here is simply effort,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “The effort was really good today, and all I told them was to sustain the effort that you gave today for the rest of the season. We’re talking about the next three weeks of their life. Just commit. Commit to this jersey and to this University, all the people that come to watch you and all the kids that look up to you.
“For the next three weeks, give it all for the Mountaineers. If we do that, we’re plenty good enough to finish strong. If we don’t get the effort, we won’t, but it’s 100 percent, across the board by every guy, holding every one of their teammates accountable for running out all your fly balls, running out all your groundballs, eating right, sleeping right and doing the right things across the board. I believe we’ll do it. I have a lot of faith in these guys.”
Braden Zarbnisky (5-1) suffered his first collegiate loss.
With one out in the sixth, Ivan Gonzalez singled and Jackson Cramer blasted his team-leading eighth home run of the season, cutting the Mountaineers deficit to 4-2.
In the seventh, back-to-back singles and an error by pitcher JB Olson loaded the bases. Brandon White’s fielder’s choice scored a run before Kyle Gray’s single through the right side tied the game at 4-all.
Oklahoma jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Austin O’Brien led off with a solo shot to left center. Then Kade Strowd hit Brylie Ware and gave up a double to Ben Hollas before Kyle Mendenhall’s base hit drove plated both base runners.
The Sooners added to their lead with a solo home run by Ware in the sixth inning, making it a 4-0 game
With the 10th inning beginning a minute before the travel curfew would have stopped an inning from beginning, Oklahoma scored three runs, which was all it took to put WVU away.
The Mountaineers remain at home on Tuesday when Eastern Michigan comes to town. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS