GRANVILLE, W.Va–Errors and missed oppurtunites proved costly as the West Virginia Mountaneers fell 4-1 to Pitt on Tuesday evening at Monongalia County Ballpark.
West Virginia (25-24, 7-12 Big 12) committed four errors and stranded 10 runners on base. Pitt (17-31, 7-20 ACC) evened the series at 1-1 with the win.
“We have to play better,” coach Randy Mazey said. “If we don’t win the series this weekend we’re not in the conference tournament, so if we don’t win the series this weekend we don’t deserve to play in the conference tournament.
Freshman designated hitter Kyle Davis had a stellar night at the plate. He went 3-for-5, recording his team-leading 23rd multi-hit game of the season.
Freshman Adam Keller (1-2) pitched three innings in relief and took the loss. The right-hander allowed two unearned runs on five hits with four strikeouts.
Issac Mattson (1-1) pitched two innings of relief to earn the victory for Pitt. He surrendered one unearned run on two hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
The Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a pair of defensive blunders in the top of the second.
Alex Kowalczyk led off the inning with a single to shortstop, advanced to second on an error and moved to third on a misplayed bunt. A single to left field by Ron Sherman scored Kowalczyk.
Back-to-back singles allowed West Virginia to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Davis singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. A RBI single to left field by senior shortstop Taylor Munden scored Davis.
Pitt took advantage of another error in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Sophomore first baseman Jackson Cramer was unable to field a throw that eventually extended the inning and allowed Aaron Schnurbusch to score on a passed ball.
The Panthers extended their lead in the seventh when they added two runs to to go up 4-1.
Pitt had one out and runners on the corners when Schnurbusch doubled to right field, scoring Charles Leblanc from third. Jawan McAllister scored from first base when freshman Caleb Potter bobbled Schnurbusch’s double.
The Mountaineers had runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but failed to score any runs. West Virginia stranded six during that period.
West Virginia will close out the regular season against Texas Tech in a pivotal Big 12 series on Thursday at Monongalia County Ballpark.