The West Virginia University baseball team’s winning streak came to a close as they lost to Texas 14-3 in game two of their three game series on Friday.
Texas’ offensive onslaught started in the second inning. Trey Faltine homered for the Longhorns, scoring two and putting them ahead 2-0. In the third and fourth innings, Texas (39-13, 16-7 Big 12) did not let its foot off the gas pedal, scoring five runs in both of those innings.
In the third inning, Texas was able to capitalize off of five of their own hits as well as two errors from the Mountaineers. Texas got three hits in a row to start the inning which helped to plate one run. Then, Ivan Melendez hit a double to score two more and put Texas ahead 5-0. Texas added two more in the inning to go ahead 7-0.
In the fourth inning, it was more of the same. Mike Antico singled to lead off the inning for the Longhorns and then stole second and came around to score on a single from Mitchell Daly. Texas was then able to get four more runs in the inning, by piecing together hits, and just taking what the Mountaineer pitching gave them.
The starting pitcher for West Virginia (23-24, 8-15 Big 12) was freshman Ben Hampton. Hampton (4-3) got charged with the loss as he gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, while walking one across 2.2 innings pitched.
The West Virginia offense finally got going in the seventh inning, scoring all three of their runs in the frame. Kevin Brophy homered to right field to score all three of those runs and put West Virginia on the board at 12-3.
West Virginia will close out their regular season against Texas tomorrow. The Mountaineers will look to win the series, with first pitch set for 3:30 p.m.
Photo by Dale Sparks, WVU