Saturday, May 25, 2019

Strowd delivers as WVU takes series finale from No. 3 Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore–Kade Strowd took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and West Virginia defeated No. 3 Oregon State 2-0 in the series finale on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (6-5) handed the Beavers (10-1) their first loss on the season.

Strowd pitched 6.1 scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit. However, the junior right-hander issued nine free passes.

The only hit off Strowd came in the seventh when Beau Phillip singled to center field. Then Strowd walked Tyler Malone before striking out Andy Armstrong. WVU head coach Randy Mazey turned to Beau Lowery to get the final two outs of the inning.

“With men on base, he was really good,”  Mazey said of Strowd. “He gave up nine walks in six innings, you hardly ever win when you do that. But, we talked about before this series, most pitchers make their most important pitches with men on base, and he did that. When they got guys on base, he threw his good stuff down in the zone and our young infield turned some really nice double plays today. We turned five double plays, and four of them ended innings, so a really good day for pitching and defense.”

With two outs in the top of the first, Darius Hill doubled into the left center gap. However, Marques Inman flied out to end the frame, stranding Hill at second.

In the top of the second, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of homers. Kevin Brophy launched Tweedt’s fast ball over the right field wall. Two batters later, Paul McIntosh blasted a solo shot.

WVU scored two runs on five hits while the defending National Champions had just three hits.

Tyler Doanes led the Mountaineers with two hits.

WVU took one-of-three from Oregon State.

The Mountaineers return home on Friday to battle Kent State at 3 p.m.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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