Monday, May 22, 2017

WVU salvages win in series finale against No. 4 Texas Tech

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Behind strong pitching, the West Virginia University baseball team defeated No. 4 Texas Tech 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.

All weekend the Mountaineers (27-19) limited the production of the Big’ 12’s most deadly offense. 

The Red Raiders (39-13) scored just five earned runs on 24 hits during the three game series.

Starter Alek Manoah tossed 4.2 innings. The freshman gave up two runs on four hits. With two outs, Jackson Sigman (3-3) relieved Manoah in the fifth and fanned Hunter Hargrove.

Braden Zarbnisky pitched three scoreless frames, surrendering two hits and striking out three. Cody Wood pitched a scoreless ninth and picked up his first save.

Steven Gingery (8-1) allowed three runs, one earned, over 4.2 innings of work for Texas Tech.

Zarbnisky went 3-for-4 and scored one run. Kevin Brophy and Cole Austin both had two hits and one RBI.

The Red Raiders struck first in the top of the third. Grant Little led off the frame with a triple down the right field line that bounced out of reach of the diving Kyle Davis. Next, Ryan Long’s sacrifice fly scored Little, giving Texas Tech a 1-0 edge.

WVU tied the game in the fourth. Darius Hill opened the frame with a double to right field and Brophy followed with an RBI single in the hole between second and first.

The Red Raiders regained the lead in the fifth after two errors by the Mountaineers. With one out, Long doubled off the right-center field wall. A failed pickoff attempt from Manoah allowed Long to move up an additional 90 feet.  He scored on Josh Jung’s fielder’s choice, as the Kyle Gray’s throw traveled to the backstop.

WVU took its first lead in the bottom half courtesy of three Texas Tech miscues. Zarbnisky started the inning with an infield single and moved to second on an error. He scored on Gingery’s throwing error. Then Hill reached on an error and scored on Austin’s base hit to right field.

The Mountaineers wrap up their homestand on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (ET) against Penn State.

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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