Morgantown, W.Va. — The WVU baseball team dropped game-one against Penn State Tuesday at Monongalia County Ballpark.
WVU (27-20) fell 6-5 after a Cole Austin single home run, his sixth of the season, in the 8th inning to tie the ballgame at five was not enough for the Mountaineers to tally a win.
Austin’s eventful night did not begin there, however. Tracking down a foul ball down the third base line, Austin hit the ground off the field when the gate flew open. After brief medical attention Austin remained in the game.
The Mountaineers scored the first runs of the game in the first inning off of a Darius Hill single, scoring Braden Zarbnisky and advancing Kyle Davis to second. However that would be the last WVU run to come across the plate until the fourth inning.
Penn State’s Logan Goodnight quickly answered in the second inning with his first home run of the season giving the Nittany Lions the 3-1 lead.
Closer and senior right-handed pitcher, Jackson Sigman (3-4), takes the loss on the evening despite a good 4.1 innings of relief. Sigman held Penn State to one run on no hits.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Carter Camp started on the mound and was relieved by Freshman right-handed pitcher Isaiah Kearns.
The Mountaineer pitchers tallied 10 strikeouts but the game came down to the six allowed hits.
In the fourth inning, Austin was hit by a pitch, Brophy singled through the right side, Jimmy Galusky was also hit by a pitch and Brandon White flied out into a double play but scored Austin.
West Virginia offense woke the bats up in the bottom of the fourth inning sixth inning with singles by Davis, Darius Hill and Austin loading the bases. A Galusky single score Hill, but not before first-baseman Brophy hit into a double play getting out at first and the throw to home plate in time to retire Davis. A Brandon White strikeout ended the inning.
Zarbnisky, Austin and Hill lead the team with two hits a piece. Although WVU had 11 hits on the evening, the Mountaineers left eight runners on base.
With the game tied at five going into the eighth, Penn State answered Austin’s run with a fielder’s choice regaining the lead at 6-5.
The Mountaineers entered its final three outs looking to tie the game and take the lead when pinch hitter Jackson Cramer cracked a ball just foul down the right field line. Zarbnisky’s single was not enough for a WVU rally after a flyout ended the evening matchup.
WVU will have another chance to get its first win against the Nittany Lions since 2012 when they travel to play game two at 7 p.m. Wednesday at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wednesday’s game is the rescheduled WVU versus Penn State game due to weather in March.
Tickets to Wednesday’s game at the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates are available at Pirates.com/CollegeBaseball or on gameday at PNC Park.