Sunday, June 25, 2017

Texas knocks off WVU in regular-season finale

AUSTIN, Texas–The West Virginia University baseball team finished the regular season with a 9-4 loss at Texas on Sunday afternoon.

Jackson Cramer went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Ivan Gonzalez and Braden Zarbnisky contributed two hits apiece.
 In his regular-season finale for the Mountaineers (32-22), Cramer blasted two home runs.
The Longhorns (34-20) took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Kacy Clemens hit a grand slam off freshman starter Kade Strowd, ending the right-hander’s afternoon. Sam Kessler came on and got three out while stranding a baserunner.
Kessler had a strong relief appearance, allowing just one hit while striking out three with a walk in 3.0 innings.
WVU got on the board in the fourth when Cramer hit a laser past the bullpen in right field.
The Mountaineers made it a 4-2 contest in the fifth when Cole Austin’s groundout scored Kyle Gray from third.
After Cody Wood pitched a 1-2-3 fifth, WVU cut the deficit to 4-3. With a bases loaded, Gray’s sacrifice fly plated Cramer.
However, Texas responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Cramer’s second homer in the eighth pulled the Mountaineers within 6-4 but the Longhorns picked up three in the eighth.
The fourth-seeded Mountaineers will play No. 5 Baylor on Wednesday at 10 a.m. (CT) in Game 1 of the Big 12 Championship.

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