Friday, October 21, 2016

17258688362_61c3b5c498RADFORD, Va.–The West Virginia Mountaineers fell 9-4 to the Radford Highlanders on Wednesday afternoon at the Radford University Stadium.

The Mountaineers (24-19) squandered scoring chances in both the first and third innings. West Virginia had runners on the corners with no outs but failed to score in either inning.

Radford (30-19) scored nine runs on 13 hits. West Virginia scored four runs on nine hits.

Outfielder Patrick Marshall gave the Highlander’s a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a solo shot down the left field line.

Junior outfielder Brad Keen doubled in two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to give Radford a 3-0 lead.

Sophomore catcher Ray Guerrini was at the plate in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded. A past ball allowed freshman third baseman Kyle Davis to score and pull the Mountaineers within 3-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Radford took its three run lead right back when sophomore outfielder Aaron Scoville hit an RBI single to left field to give the Highlanders a 4-1 lead.

Center fielder KC Huth doubled to left center in the top of the seventh to cut the deficit to 4-2. Freshman shortstop Tucker Cascadden scored from first on the play.

Radford added two more runs in the seventh with two outs to pull ahead 6-2, one running coming off a Huth error in centerfield.

The Mountaineers added another run in the eighth on an RBI fielder’s choice to second by right fielder Shaun Wood, scoring first baseman Jackson Cramer.

Radford added three more insurance runs in the bottom of the ninth to seal the victory.

West Virginia used eight different pitchers, but Conner Dotson (0-4) took the loss. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits in two innings.

The Highlanders’ starter Zack Ridgely (3-1) allowed just one unearned run on five hits over six innings. He struck out nine Mountaineers and walked just one. 

West Virginia will return home for a three game series against No. 4 TCU this weekend at Monongalia County Ballpark.





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