Sunday, October 23, 2016

Tournament Game One Recap: WVU Loses to #11 Oklahoma State

Tulsa, Oklahoma-

Before yesterday the Mountaineers had only faced the Cowboys once this season in a rain shortened series. WVU won that game 5-4 in Stillwater.

Despite a great game for sophomore pitcher Chad Dontao, it was not enough for a WVU win this time around. The Mountaineers lost Wednesday evening to Oklahoma State 3-0, on six hits and four errors. WVU was the only lower seed not to win yesterday.

The loss went to Donato (7-6), who went  7 innings giving up three runs on seven hits and one walk. He also had ten strikeouts to tie his career high. He threw a total of 123 pitches on the mound.

Conor Costello got the start for Oklahoma St. and gave up no runs on six hits and one strikeout in four innings work. The win was awarded to the Cowboys’ Trey Cobb (4-1) who pitched a phenomenal five relieve innings in which he threw fourteen strikes in a row at one point. Cobb also kept the Mountaineers hitless.

The Mountaineers started out strong offensively but ultimately made crucial errors to leave themselves scoreless. In three of the first four innings, WVU was unable to score despite having runners in scoring position leaving seven stranded.

Freshman Kyle Davis had his 20th multi-hit game of the season when he hit first-pitch fast balls his first two trips to the plate. However, he stumbled trying to score and ultimately was thrown out keeping WVU from being able to put a run on the scoreboard.

Another detrimental error came in the third inning when catcher Ray Guerrini hit a double down the third base line to advance KC Huth to third base. Huth; however, ran into the tag for the third out. The Cowboys opened the scoring in the 3rd when Rob Walton singled through the right side allowing Corey Hassel to score.

Oklahoma State extended their lead in the 4th inning to 2-0 after a solo home-run by Dustin Williams in the bottom of the inning.

The Mountaineers got out of the 5th inning unscathed when West Virginia catcher Ray Guerrini gunned down a player trying to steal second base for the third out. The night ended for WVU’s Donato when Oklahoma State’s Donnie Walton hit a home-run to take the 3-0 lead in the 8th.

Kyle Davis led the Mountaineers going 2-4 from the lead-off position.

This brought in the relief pitcher Jay Hardy (3-1) who gave up two hits while striking out one. He did get out of a bases loaded jam in the 8th, but the Mountaineers were never able to get any momentum.

West Virginia will play in an elimination game against Oklahoma Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST. The Sooners lost to Kansas State 7-3 Wednesday.