Blacksburg Va. (May 5th, 2015)-
West Virginia baseball traveled to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies to begin their four road game series. WVU fell to VA Tech 13-3 Tuesday evening.
The Mountaineers pitchers gave up four multi-hit innings and nine walks, and the offense scored their three runs on nine hits with one error. This is the sixth straight loss for WVU as they fall to 24-23 overall, while VA tech improves to 26-24.
Junior right-hander Jay Hardy got the call for his first career start to pitch for the Mountaineers (2-1). He gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits in two innings. After he was pulled, five other WVU pitchers saw the mound. They combined for eight walks and four strikeouts.
For the Hokies, Jon Woodcock (3-2) received the win with only giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
West Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with two outs, when freshman Tucker Cascadden hit a single to right field which scored Garret Hope who was on second base.
Virginia Tech was quick to answer in the bottom of the second when they scored four runs to go ahead 4-1. They then followed up with a home run to left field by Erik Payne in the bottom of the third.
In the top of the fourth, freshman left fielder Caleb Potter hit his fourth home run of the season to left field to cut into the lead, 6-2. The Hokies answered again in the the bottom of the fifth when Brendon Hayden and Sean Keselica both had RBI singles to extend he lead to 9-2.
With the score at 12-2 in the top of the eighth with runners on first and third, the Mountaineers second baseman Shaun Corso drove in Taylor Munden with a single to center field.
One more score came around for the Hokies in the bottom of the eighth inning. Saige Jenco had his sixth RBI and second triple of the evening.
West Virginia will travel next to take on #11 Oklahoma State for another Big 12 conference series. Game one this Friday evening is set for 8 p.m., Saturday will be at 4 p.m. and first-pitch on Sunday is set for 2 p.m.
Statistics from: wvusports.com