For the first time this season in Big 12 conference play, the road team swept a series. The Mountaineers (0-3 vs. TCU) were on the losing side of this match-up with the #5 Horned Frogs winning Sunday afternoon 5-0. WVU is in jeopardy of not even making the Big 12 playoffs with six wins in the conference. A good pitching performance for Chad Donato and the Mountaineers was lost due to a poor offensive day for WVU in front of 1,691 fans at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The win goes to TCU’s left-hander #23 Alex Young (9-2) who struck out eight batters while giving up only three hits and two walks in the victory. For the Mountaineers, right-hander #2 Chad Donato’s record dropped to (6-5). Despite the loss Donato finished the game with six strikeouts and gave up six hits. He allowed only three runs, two unearned and two walks in seven innings.
At the top of the first inning the Horned Frogs had one run on two hits and one runner left on base. When the Mountaineers came to the plate for the first time Sunday afternoon, they received no runs on no hits. In the third inning, TCU’s Dane Steinhagen reached first base on a fielding error by short-stop Taylor Munden. Dane Steinhagen ended up scoring on a single by Nolan Brown, but the inning ended shortly after with Elliott Brazilli striking out swinging. In the bottom of the third, the inning ended when catcher Ray Guerrini was picked off trying to steal second base. TCU jumped off to a 2-0 lead.
The Horned Frogs put one run on the board in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings. The Horned Frogs put one run on the board in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings. Cody Jones lead the team on offense going 3-4. Crain followed by going 2-4 with 2 RBIs and Brown went 2-2 with one RBI.
“We competed really well this weekend, the results didn’t work out, but I like the way we competed,” coach Randy Mazey said. “I’ve always told these guys that people’s true colors show up when things go wrong and we just got swept for the first time this season. Things have gone wrong, so now is the time you need to have pride and character, and hold your head up high. if you handle it the right way you’ll come out of it the right way.”
West Virginia returns to action Tuesday evening when they begin a four game road streak. They start by facing Virginia Tech Tuesday, May 5th with the first pitch set at 5:30 p.m.
Game statistics from statbroadcast.com.
Remaining WVU in-conference schedule:
Friday, May 8th @ 8 p.m. at Oklahoma State (14-6 Big 12)
Saturday, May 9th @ 4 p.m. at Oklahoma State
Sunday, May 10th @ 2 p.m. at Oklahoma State
Friday, May 14th @ 6 p.m. vs. Texas Tech (11-9 Big 12)
Saturday, 15th @ 4 p.m. vs. Texas Tech
Sunday 16th @ @ 1 p.m. vs. Texas Tech