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WVU Drops Finale to Coastal Carolina

MORAGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia University baseball team fell 9-6 to Coastal Carolina in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.

The Chanticleers took the series from a young Mountaineer team still trying to find its identity.

“Today’s game got away because we didn’t handle the ball,” assistant coach Steve Sabins said. “I told the team that we went 3-2 on the week and kind of stole a game on Saturday but gave away a game today. So, it probably ended up exactly where we were supposed to be.

“We appear to have a lot of talent on our team, and we were healthy today for the first time (in weeks), so that’s pretty exciting to see the arms and what the lineup might look like moving forward.”

CCU (12-6) scored nine runs five hits while WVU (8-7) scored six runs on nine hits.

In the first inning, the Chanticleers took a 1-0 lead but the Mountaineers took the lead in the second when senior Tyler Doanes doubled home Mikey Kluska and Matt McCormick.

In the fourth, WVU tacked on two more runs when senior Kevin Brophy went deep to right field, making it a 4-1 contest.

However, the lead didn’t last long when CCU exploded for a six run fifth inning. The Chanticleers made it 9-4 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.

Doanes knocked in McCormick on a fielder’s choice in the eighth and Hudson Byorick singled up the middle, plating Victor Scott in the ninth. But that was all the Mountaineers would get.

Keaton Hopwood (4-0) earned the victory for CCU and Carlson Reed (0-1) suffered the loss.

On Tuesday WVU travels to Huntington to take on in-state rival Marshall. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Cover Photo Credit: Dale Sparks, WVU

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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