Baseball: WVU Falls to Maryland

By Grant Dovey for
April 05, 2011 10:02 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team fell in a mid-week game with ACC opponent Maryland, 10-6 on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia (17-14) finished with six runs on seven hits with three errors, while Maryland (14-15) scored 10 runs on 11 hits, committing no errors.

Sophomore lefty Michael Twigg (1-1) took the loss for West Virginia, allowing four runs on three hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Freshman righty Corey Walter pitched five innings of relief and allowed five runs on seven hits. Redshirt freshman left-hander Zach Bargeron and freshman righty Josh Harlow also pitched to close out the game.

Sander Beck took the win for the Terrapins with 5.2 innings pitched, allowing four runs on five hits. Brady Kirkpatrick, Charlie Haslup and Korey Wacker also saw time on the mound for Maryland.

Sophomore outfielder Brady Wilson drove in three RBIs for West Virginia on 1-for-3 batting, while walking twice. Senior utility player Justin McDavid went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI, while senior designated hitter Jeremy Gum went 2-for-4 with one run scored.

The Terrapins were led by Jake Stinnett who went 3-for-5 with two home runs, two runs and two RBIs. Charlie White, Aaron Etchison and Austin Kilbourne each had two hits, while Ryan Holland went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Kilbourne also finished with two RBIs.

West Virginia loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first and took the early 1-0 lead when McDavid scored on a wild pitch. McDavid singled in the inning, while redshirt senior Grant Buckner and Gum both walked to load the bases.

Maryland tied the game in the top of the second with a leadoff home run from Stinnett, his first of the season. Wacker then walked and was advanced to second by a Kilbourne single through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt by Tomo Delp, White walked to load the bases. Alfredo Rodriguez then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Wacker, followed by a double by Holland down the left field line that scored White and Kilbourne to extend the lead to 4-1.

After Maryland scored one run in the top of the third, Stinnett hit his second home run of the game to left field in the top of the fifth, bringing the score to 6-1.

The Mountaineers loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, with Wilson hitting a bases clearing double to left field, scoring freshman Isac Franklin, sophomore Chris Rasky and Gum to bring the game to 6-4. Gum had reached on a single to start the inning, while Rasky and Franklin both walked.

Maryland added four insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, bringing the game to 10-4.

West Virginia was able to add two runs in the bottom of the ninth to bring the game to 10-6. Wilson led off the inning with a walk, followed by a triple to right field by McDavid, driving home Wilson. Buckner then plated McDavid with an RBI groundout to third base, the last run of the game.

The Mountaineers return to BIG EAST action this season in a series with Georgetown at Hawley Field. Friday’s game will begin at 7:05 p.m., with Saturday’s game starting at 3 p.m., and Sunday’s finale beginning at noon. Saturday’s game will be a “Dollar Day” with all tickets and select concessions being just $1 each.

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