CORVALLIS, Ore. – The West Virginia University baseball team fell to Oregon State 11-0 on Friday evening at Goss Stadium in the first game of the Nike College Showcase.
The Mountaineers were trailing 4-0 heading into the seventh inning, but allowed seven runs in the top of the inning, putting the game out of reach.
WVU finished with just one hit and committed two errors. Oregon State had seven hits and one error.
Despite a solid start, Walter fell to 1-2, pitching six innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits. Walter also struck out three and walked three. Nate Antone allowed four earned runs on one hit in 0.2 innings, and Zach Bargeron struck out one in 0.1 of an inning.
Ben Wetzler pitched a gem for the Beavers, taking the complete game win in seven innings with one hit allowed and eight strikeouts.
Oregon State broke the scoreless tie in the second inning after back-to-back singles by Ryan Dunn and Kevin Keyes. Both players then advanced bases on a passed ball and a groundout to second base by Jake Rodriguez brought Dunn home from third base to take a 1-0 lead.
The Beavers were able to add three insurance runs in the fifth inning that starter with a Rodriguez single to right field, followed by his advancement to third on two passed balls. Walter walked Danny Hayes and Ryan Barnes to load the bases and a groundout to shortstop by Tyler Smith scored Rodriguez. Hayes and Barnes each scored when Michael Conforto hit what appeared to be an easy fly ball to left field. The ball looked to get caught in wind and twisted around left fielder Matt Frazer, who was unable to get a glove on the ball.
The seventh featured seven runs on just hits for Oregon State and was highlighted by a Rodriguez double to left field that drove in two. Right fielder Brady Wilson then dropped a ball, allowing another two Beavers to score.
Billy Fleming had WVU’s lone hit on an infield single in the third innings.
WVU will travel to back the campus of Oregon tomorrow for a doubleheader against No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 18 Oregon. The first pitched in game one is scheduled for 2 p.m.