MORGANTOWN- After the Mountaineer baseball, 10-0, game one victory Friday evening, WVU takes the series 2-1 over the Baylor Bears Saturday afternoon.
Due to inclement weather in the forecast for most of the weekend, games two and three of the series were played as a doubleheader that began at noon.
In the days first game, WVU’s ninth inning rally came up short with the 8-6 loss.
The Mountaineers (7-9 Big 12) trailed 8-4 in the eighth inning after two Baylor home runs in previous innings: a three run shot by Josh Bissonette in the sixth and a two-run home run by Richard Cunningham to take the 8-4 lead.
After two walks, two singles, a sacrifice fly, two runners on base, two outs and the potential winning run at the plate in the ninth, Jackson Cramer grounded out and ended WVU’s potential comeback.
Ivan Vera got another start at third base, and he led the Mountaineers with three hits with one RBI. Kyle Davis and Braden Zarbnisky added one RBI a piece, and they both had two hits in game one.
Freshman pitcher Michael Grove made his first career start and stayed on the mound for six innings. Despite the nine strikeouts, he was tallied the loss.
After a short intermission, game two began with WVU looking to sweep the series.
With a crowd of 1,534 watching, senior pitcher Ross Vance pitched a complete game to lead the Mountaineers to a 5-1 game victory and the series win.
Vance held the Bears to seven hits and threw nine strikeouts. The one Baylor run was unearned.
The Mountaineers quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Head coach Randy Mazey after the game said the team who gets the first lead in the second game of a doubleheader usually controls the pace due to fatigue.
Despite struggling in game one, junior Jackson Cramer had his twelfth multi-hit game of the season. He also had four of WVU’s five runs with two RBI’s, two hits and a walk.
With two out of three games won in this series, WVU find themselves in the middle of the Big 12 pack as they improve to 8-9.
WVU faces Virginia Tech in mid-week play on Tuesday at Monongalia County Ballpark. First-pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Two Big 12 series remain for the Mountaineers. WVU will take on Texas (currently no. 4 in Big 12) May 6-8 at home followed by the three game series versus Texas Tech (currently no. 1 in Big 12) on the road May 19-21.