Oklahoma City, Okla.–West Virginia’s season came to an end on Friday night in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Texas in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals on Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, senior third baseman Kevin Brophy walked. Ben Abernathy pinch ran for Brophy and stole second and third. With two outs and the tying run at third, Braden Barry struck out swinging to end the game.
“Every time we come here, we usually play pretty well and are super competitive,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “This has been a good place for us to play, and I think we always play with confidence here.
“I just asked them to show me some toughness, don’t roll over and just compete as hard as they could, and that’s what they did.”
The first-seeded Longhorns will move on to face Kansas State on Saturday. For the eight-seeded Mountaineers, the loss marks the end of the season after picking up a loss to Oklahoma State earlier in the night.
Pete Hansen (8-1) earned the win for Texas and Tanner Witt picked up his fourth save. Madison Jeffrey suffered the loss for WVU.
Designated hitter Matt McCormick led the Mountaineers with two hits and two RBI.
In the bottom of the third, the Longhorns jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Trey Faltline scored on a wild pitch. Jacob Watters issued a two walks and hit a batman but got out of the frame only giving up the one run.
WVU took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when McCormick’s base hit through the left side plated Barry and Austin Davis.
Jeffrey was cruising when he ran into trouble in the sixth. He issued a walk to lead off the inning before recording an out. Then Fatline singled before Silas Ardoin’s two-run double gave Texas a 3-2 advantage.
The Mountaineers’ bullpen held up strong to finish the game. However, WVU was unable to get the run back.
Watters tossed three innings, surrendering one run on just one hit. He walked four and fanned eight.
The Mountaineers will end the season with the loss.