The Mountaineers couldn’t hold off the No. 1 team in the Big 12 today. The #23 Oklahoma Sooners came away with 10-2 victory at Monongalia County Ballpark this afternoon before a crowd of 1,189.
The Mountaineers’ only lead of the game came in the first inning when sophomore right fielder Shaun Wood hit a ground ball with bases loaded. The play was mishandled by Oklahoma, and WVU went ahead 2-1.
West Virginia (22-15, 5-7 Big 12) had a total of six hits and two errors. The Mountaineers were led with two hits from freshman second-baseman Kyle Davis. Oklahoma (26-16, 10-5 Big 12) had much better luck with 15 hits and two errors.
WVU sophomore pitcher Chad Donato was unable to find his spot during his 5.2 innings on the mound. He gave up 11 hits including four strikeouts and five walks. Donato said about his performance, “I felt pretty good coming out of the pen, starting the game off, but I struggled with my fast ball today… I just had one pitch (curve) working for me today and you can’t win ball games like that.”
Trouble came for the Mountaineers in the fourth and fifth innings when Oklahoma scored nine of their ten runs. Starting pitcher Robert Tasin was awarded the win after pitching 7.2 innings, allowing only six hits and two runs with one strikeout and three walks. He also had a good afternoon hitting, batting in two runs in the top of the 6th inning.
“He (Tasin) is just a really good pitcher (ERA under 2.0). He is their 3rd really good starter with that offense, that’s why they are first place in the Big 12, just a really good team,” Coach Mazey said about Oklahoma.
When asked about what his team needs to do from here Coach Mazey said, “We don’t get too caught up on results… We need to take what they did to us today (make adjustments), and use it to our advantage and do it to somebody else.”
West Virginia will return to action at home this Tuesday evening (4/21) by taking on in-state rival Marshall. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Stay tuned for pictures and post-game interviews from Tuesday’s match-up.
Edited by Michael Walker