MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The West Virginia University baseball team was unable to overcome a first inning four-run deficit, as the Mountaineers fell to Minnesota 11-3 on Saturday evening at the Metrodome in the Dairy Queen Classic.
The Mountaineers were out-hit by the Gophers 12-8, while both teams committed two errors.
WVU starter Marshall Thompson got in some early trouble as the Gophers sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring four runs on three hits. The first three batters of the game reached and the inning was highlighted by a double to center field by Matt Puhl to drive in two.
Bobby Boyd gained a run back for WVU in the top of the second with a single through the left side to drive in Jon Roszel from third base, bringing the score to 4-1. Roszel and Billy Fleming began the inning with back-to-back singles and the WVU left the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Gophers struck again in the second inning and brought the lead to 6-1 with a Dan Olinger double to deep right field that scored Andy Henkemeyer and David Bettenburg.
Minnesota scored one run in both the third and fourth innings, before a Nate Antone bases loaded sacrifice fly scored John Polonius in the fifth inning brought the score to 8-2.
Alan Filauro drove in Chris Rasky in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly to center field after Rasky and Justin Fox were hit by pitches back-to-back and a Boyd single through the right side loaded the bases.
Minnesota went on to add two runs in the bottom half of the inning to end the scoring at 11-3.
Thompson (1-2) took the loss for WVU, allowing seven runs on six hits in 2.2 innings pitched. Thompson struck out two and walked four. Austin Pressly and Antone combined for 5.1 innings pitched of relief, allowing three earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
Boyd led the Mountaineers with two hits and one RBI, while Polonius, Roszel and Rasky all had one run scored.
Tom Windle earned the win for the Gophers, allowing two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings pitched with five strikeouts.
Minnesota was led by Olinger, hitting 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Puhl finished 3-for-5 with one run and three RBIs.
WVU completes the Dairy Queen Classic tomorrow with a game against New Mexico State at noon. Left-handed pitcher Eric Hinkle will get the start for the Mountaineers. The game will feature a video stream via MSNsportsNET.com.