LUBBOCK, Texas–The West Virginia University baseball team dropped a heartbreaker 4-2 to No.5 Texas Tech on Friday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (32-21) battled the Red Raiders hard the entire game but things didn’t go WVU’s way.
The Mountaineers had a chance to take a 4-1 lead in the top of the second but an interference call ended the inning.
Donato gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits over six innings. He struck out 10 batters for a total of 110 on the season, the sixth-most in a single season in team history.
Steven Gingery pitched six innings, surrendering two runs on four hits for Texas Tech (40-13). He struck out five.
Jimmy Galusky went 2-for-3 for WVU.
The Red Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Cory Raley led off with a single to right field and advanced to third on Donato’s throwing error. Eric Gutierrez singled to left, scoring Raley.
But the Mountaineers refused to go away. A walk and back-to-back singles from freshman Darius Hill and freshman Ivan Vera loaded the bases. Gingery hit junior first baseman Jackson Cramer to tie the game and then junior catcher Ray Guerrini was struck with a pitch, giving WVU a 2-1 advantage.
The Mountaineers had a chance to add on to their lead in the seventh. With one out and bases loaded sophomore Kyle Davis hit a ground ball to second baseman Michael Davis, who overthrew first base. The error score two runs for WVU but freshman Braden Zarbnisky was called out for interference for sliding outside the baseline and Davis was out at first. Instead of having a three-run lead, it remained a 2-1 game.
Texas Tech had all the momentum and took the lead back in the bottom of the seventh. Hunter Hargrove blasted a three-run homer off senior lefty Ross Vance to give Texas Tech a 4-2 lead.
The series finale is Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET).