Friday evening West Virginia tried to rally in the bottom of 9th inning, but the eight point deficit was too much to overcome. The Mountaineers fell to TCU 9-4 in front of the third largest crowd of 2,541 fans in WVU baseball history.
West Virginia’s four runs came on 10 hits with one error. The loss drops WVU to a record of 24-20; 6-10 in Big 12 play. TCU’s nine runs came on 11 hits with no errors and they improve to 35-9 overall; 11-5 in Big 12.
Coach Randy Mazey in his post-game interview said, “We just made too many mistakes in the first couple of innings. You can’t make any mistakes and we made six or seven. You have zero chance of beating that team if you play how we played early.”
The starting pitcher for the Mountaineers, freshman right-hander, BJ Myers took the loss (2-4) after pitching 5.2 innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Things kept going down hill when Junior right-hander Jeff Hardy came in as relief with two outs and runners on second and third. Hardy pitched two innings and gave up four runs on three hits. Seth Jordan, Freshman left-handed pitcher, finished the game for the Mountaineers giving up a home run with three RBI’s.
The team was led by first baseman Jackson Cramer and second baseman Shaun Corso who both had two hits. In the third inning, with the score 3-0, short-stop Taylor Munden hit a single home-run to right-field, his 11th of the season.
Things were pretty quiet for the Mountaineers until the bottom of the ninth when WVU tried to rally but three runs would not do the trick. Jackson Cramer led off with a double and he then scored off of a single to left field by freshman Kyle Davis. Freshman Kyle Casserly got to see the field as he entered as pinch hitter. Casserly and sophomore catcher Garrett Hope followed by hitting RBI singles which scored Davis and Corso.
TCU is known for their ability to hit the ball and for the strength of their bullpen. Five TCU hitters had an at bat in the top of the second. Garrett Crain and Cody Jones each had RBI singles to right field and two hits. Derek Odell hit a two-out solo home run to right center field. Evan Skoug then hit a three-run home run over the right field fence to cap the five-run inning.
TCU started left-hander Tyler Alexander (4-2) pitched 8.1 innings only allowing three runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Ross Vance (6-3) will take the mound as the Mountaineers starter in game two of the series, and Preston Morrison (9-1) for the Horned Frogs. First-pitch is set for 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Statistics from: games boxscore, post-game interviews, big12sports.com and wvusports.com.
Photos credit Kelsie Vanderwijst