The West Virginia University baseball team dropped its fourth straight game, and their fifth straight series, after losing to No. 5 TCU 5-3 on Saturday afternoon.
West Virginia (15-20, 6-11 Big 12) starting pitching again started the game on a good note. Jake Carr got the start for the Mountaineers and had only allowed one run through four innings before running into trouble in the fifth.
After a pair of singles and a walk to start the inning, head coach Randy Mazey pulled Carr (1-4) and went to the bullpen with no outs and the bases loaded. Skylar Gonzalez came into pitch but walked in a run on the first batter he faced. After striking out the next hitter, Gonzalez allowed another run after a line drive was hit to second baseman Ben Abernathy who leaped but could not secure the catch, allowing the third run to score for TCU (32-10, 14-3 Big 12).
The Mountaineer offense struggled to score runs yet again as they were unable to score until the sixth inning. After Paul McIntosh walked, Alec Burns was able to put the ball in- grounding out to put West Virginia on the board. Then in the seventh inning, the Mountaineers scored after Paul McIntosh hit a line drive that skipped off of the first baseman’s glove, allowing Austin Davis to score, and cut TCU’s lead to 4-2.
TCU was able to answer quickly, as in the eighth inning, they had the bases loaded and scored on a passed ball, to extend their lead to 5-2.
West Virginia had a quick answer in the bottom of the inning, as Burns came through again with a home run to left field to cut the lead to two runs.
That was all the West Virginia offense could get going however, as the TCU bullpen shut the door in the ninth inning to secure a series win for them.
TCU pitcher River Ridings got the save (1), finishing with two innings pitched, striking out four, and giving up only one hit. TCU starting pitcher Austin Krob was very effective in his outing today. Krob (6-0) gave up six hits, but only allowed one run to score, while striking out three.
The Mountaineer offense has scored only 16 runs combined in its last six games, and today hit its first home run since April 11 against Baylor.
Today’s game featured 14 different players see the field for the Mountaineers. Mazey said he was just trying to put guys in a position to win.
“We’ve been getting little to no production out of the middle of our lineup. [I] had to try some different moving parts. [I] wasn’t trying to experiment, I wasn’t trying to develop, I wasn’t trying to trick anybody, I was trying to win a baseball game,” Mazey said.
West Virginia will look to salvage the third game of the series on Sunday, as first pitch of game three of the series is set for 1 p.m.
Photo by Dale Sparks, WVU