NORMAN, Okla.–The West Virginia University baseball team dropped the series opener against Oklahoma 1-0 in extra innings at Dale Mitchell Park on Friday.
Senior right fielder Alex Wise led off the bottom of the 10th with a base hit up the middle. He stole second and scored on a throwing error to win the game for the Sooners.
Junior center fielder Ben Hollas hit a ground ball back to the mound. The ball knocked the glove off of the Mountaineers reliever’s hand but Blake Smith grabbed the ball and madden erratic throw to first base, allowing Wise to score.
Oklahoma (19-19-1, 5-8 Big 12) and WVU (19-17, 5-7) engaged in a pitcher’s duel the entire night.
Chad Donato pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits. The junior right-hander walked three and stuck out nine.
Donato’s mound opponent Chris Andritsos tossed 7.2 scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits.
Both bullpens were just as good as the starters. Smith pitched 1.2 innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit.
JB Olson and Sheldon Neuse combined to give up just one hit with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings for the Sooners.
Oklahoma recorded just five hits in the game and the Mountaineers had three.
Freshman Ivan Vera broke up Andritsos’ no-hitter in the top of the seventh.
The Sooners had several chances to score early but each time Donato responded brilliantly. Oklahoma led off the second and third with doubles but Donato would sit down the next three batters he faced.
WVU and the Sooners take the field for game two on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. (ET). Senior lefty Ross Vance will take the mound against junior right-hander Jake Elliott.