MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia University baseball team’s ninth inning rally attempt fell short in the team’s 7-2 loss to No. 7 Texas Tech on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Senior right-hander Jackson Wolf suffered the loss for the Mountaineers (13-15, 4-6 Big 12). He surrendered six runs on seven hits in 5.2 frames. Patrick Montverde picked up the win for the Red Raiders (25-7, 6-4).
Texas Tech had seven runs on nine hits while WVU scored two runs on eight hits.
The Red Raiders jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it.
In the ninth inning, the Mountaineers scored two runs and had the bases loaded with the tying run on-deck. However, Dominic Ragazzo struck out swinging to end the game.
Texas Tech took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Wolf had a 1-2-3 second inning and a scoreless third. Then the Red Raiders would add a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 5-0 advantage.
Texas Tech tacked on an additional run in the sixth and seventh innings.
In the ninth, the comeback kids tried to pull out another come-from-behind win. Sophomore Matt McCormick singled up the middle, driving home senior Paul McIntosh. With two-outs Braden Barry doubled home McCormick, making it a 7-2 contest.
WVU loaded the bases but Ragazzo went down on strikes to end the game.
McIntosh went 2-for-4 and scored a run in the loss.
The two teams meet for the second game of the series on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS