The West Virginia baseball team lost its midweek matchup against Marshall 7-1 on Tuesday, its last matchup before opening conference play.
The Mountaineers (8-8) got off to a rough start in the first inning. West Virginia got three quick outs in the top of the first and then in the bottom of the inning, sophomore Tyler Stretchay gave up a leadoff home run to give Marshall a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Marshall offense was able to continue its success, highlighted by a three run home run from sophomore Kyle Schaefer to put Marshall up 4-0.
Stretchay ended his day after pitching three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and striking out four.
In the fourth inning, the Mountaineers brought in sophomore Jake Carr to try and stop the Marshall offense from adding on to its lead. That was unsuccessful however as Marshall started the fourth inning with three hits in the first four batters to go up 6-0.
Carr would then give up another run in the fifth inning, to put Marshall up 7-0. Carr finished his day pitching two innings and giving up three runs on five hits.
The Mountaineers offense finally got something going into the eighth inning. After a leadoff walk to freshman Braden Barry, he was then able to advance to second on a wild pitch. Senior Tyler Doanes then brought him in, singling to put the Mountaineers on the board.
That was all the offense could muster however, as they finished the day with only two hits, both which came in the eighth inning.
“(Marshall) threw strikes, and they attacked us with their stuff,” WVU assistant coach Steve Sabins said. “We put the ball in play but not with authority. We didn’t have any extra-base hits, and that has really been the story for us in the last few games. We need to have a big knock in a big situation to get a little momentum going.”
The Mountaineers are scheduled to play Marshall again on April 14, at home at Monongalia County Ballpark.
“We need to play as much baseball as possible,” Sabins said. “Our philosophy is that we’ll play anybody, anywhere to try to get our guys going. We haven’t played a lot of baseball over the last two years, so getting on the field and competing is the most important thing we can do.”
Next up for the Mountaineers, they will open up conference play, with a three game home series against Kansas this weekend, starting on Friday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Monongalia County Ballpark.