Monday, October 24, 2016

WVU Loses Game 3 and Series To Texas

WVU Loses Game 3 and Series To Texas

By: Jeff Vickers

After winning in extra innings on Saturday, the WVU Mountaineers dropped the series finale to Texas 5-1 on Sunday. The loss drops WVU back to .500 on the season, 8-8, and to a 1-2 record in Big 12 Conference play.

Chad Donato (2-3) had another solid Sunday performance, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 4. But the Texas pitching staff was the equalizer Sunday, allowing only 1 Mountaineer extra base hit, the 7th inning home run by Jackson Cramer. Texas scored 3 runs in the 6th inning and 2 more in the 7th. WVU’s lone run was in the 7th inning, and could not mount any offense in the late innings to try to make a come back.

The Mountaineers hit .238 (25/105) in the 3 game series against Texas, only 5 of those hits went for extra bases. The team drew 6 base on balls while striking out 21 times. In the Series WVU was outscored by Texas 15-11.

The starting trio of Dotson, Vance, and Donato had a decent weekend, the trio pitched 19 1/3 innings allowing 11 runs (8 earned) on 22 hits, walking 7 and striking out 10, but neither of the 3 were able to pick up a victory for the Mountaineers.

Next up for the Mountaineers is a St. Patrick’s day match-up against the Akron Zips (8-7), game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm. This will be the 1st “Home” game for WVU, the game will be played in Washington, Pa. Next weekend the Mountaineers hit the road again, traveling to Baylor for another series of Big 12 Conference play.