Baseball: WVU Falls Short Against Indiana
By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
February 26, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The West Virginia University baseball team surrendered an early five-run lead, then fell short of a comeback bid in a 10-8 loss to Indiana on Friday afternoon at Jack Russell Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Mountaineers (0-4) jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead through two innings but Indiana came back with nine unanswered runs before WVU threatened in the ninth. Jedd Gyorko’s RBI single and Grant Buckner’s run-scoring single put WVU back into the game at 10-8 with the bases loaded, but the final three batters could not convert to end the game.
Gyorko led WVU with a 2-for-3 performance and an RBI, as the Mountaineers totaled seven base hits altogether and drew six walks. WVU benefited from Indiana’s early miscues in the field but were later done in on a series of splendid defensive plays by the Hoosiers (2-3), who tallied 14 hits on the afternoon.
Freshman Matt Malloy finished with a team-best two RBIs on the day, including his first career extra base hit, while Colin Durborow, Buckner, Mark Dvoroznak and Matt Frazer each finished with one base hit.
WVU scored four runs on two hits in the first inning as Malloy laced a two-run double down the right field line to make it 2-0. T.J. Kuban then hit a run-scoring grounder that shortstop Jerry Kleman underthrew to first base to score Malloy from third, and a passed ball later scored Kuban to give the Mountaineers a four-run cushion.
Durborow’s sacrifice fly to left field brought home Brady Wilson in the second inning to give WVU a 5-1 advantage. Two batters later Malloy reached first base on a fielding error by starting pitcher Drew Leininger that scored Gyorko to give WVU its largest lead at 6-1.
From there, Indiana took over offensively. The Hoosiers scored four runs in the third inning, which was highlighted by Sterling Mack’s RBI single and subsequent run scored on a wild pitch to cut the Mountaineer lead to 6-5.
Two scoreless frames by both teams ensued, but Indiana went ahead in the sixth when Jerrud Sabourin hit a two-run single to give the Hoosiers an 8-6 lead. In the eighth inning, Alex Dickerson doubled down the right field line to bring in a run, and catcher Josh Lyon followed with an RBI single to give Indiana more insurance scoring.
Jarryd Summers pitched five innings and gave up five runs on six hits while striking out one for WVU. Reliever Andy Altemus (0-2) took the loss after surrendering five runs in three innings pitched between the sixth and eighth frames.
Indiana reliever Mike McKinley (1-0) earned his first win of the season after pitching 2.1 scoreless innings.
WVU returns for its second game of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge against Iowa on Saturday afternoon at the Naimoli Complex. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.