WVU Drops Big 12 Opener To Texas in Extra Innings
By Jeff Vickers
Header Photograph Courtesy of Dakota Hamilton DoCo
The WVU Mountaineers dropped the opening game of the weekend series to Texas Friday night in Austin.
Despite a strong starting debut by Connor Dotson, the Mountaineers were unable to get anything going late in the ball game. WVU scored a run in the top of the 1st inning when Brad Johnson tripled home Jackson Cramer.
Texas got on the board with a run scored in the 3rd. The Mountaineers followed with two more runs in the top of the 6th, Taylor Munden scored on an errant throw after a Justin Fox Sacrifice bunt, and Fox later scored on a single by Brad Johnson.
Texas scored a run in the bottom half of the 6th and tied the game at 3 in the 7th inning. The 3-3 score stood until the bottom of the 10th inning, when Texas led off the inning with a double, followed by a fly ball to right field that advanced the runner to third.
Pinch-hitter Macalla hit a sacrifice fly to the outfield that scored the runner from 3rd and gave Texas the victory in the Big 12 conference opener.
The loss drops WVU back to .500 on the season (7-7, 0-1) and Texas moves to 12-6, 1-0 on the season.
Freshman Connor Dotson pitched 6 innings in his starting debut for WVU, allowing two earned runs while surrendering five hits and three bases on balls. Reliever Blake Smith took over in the 7th and went the rest of the way. He pitched 3 2/3 innings allowing two earned runs off of three hits and two walks.
Taylor Munden and Brad Johnson had four of the seven hits for WVU at the plate. Munden scored a run in the game, and Johnson had the only two RBI’s in the game for the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers are now 4-3 all time against Texas, and will look to improve upon that record Saturday. Game two of the series is scheduled for 6 PM EST/ 5 PM Central start time. Scheduled starting pitchers are Chad Hollinsworth (2-1, 2.95 ERA) for Texas and Ross Vance (2-1, 2.16 ERA) for WVU.