Baseball: Big Innings Hurt WVU

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • March 10, 2012 08:22 PM
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EUGENE, Ore. – The West Virginia University baseball team lost 12-0 against No. 17 Oregon on Saturday afternoon at PK Park. The loss was the fourth straight for the Mountaineers and the third of the Nike College Showcase.

The loss drops WVU’s overall record to 6-9 while Oregon improved to 11-2.

The Ducks struck first and took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and Ryan Hambright hit a three-run homer in the third inning off WVU right-handed starter Pen Nakazato (0-1) to bring the score to 6-0. That was all the Ducks needed, as they scored one more insurance run in the fifth inning and added five in the top of the eighth, with a grand slam home run by Aaron Jones highlighting the rally.

Nakazato took the loss in his first career start lasting four innings. He allowed seven runs off eight hits with four strikeouts. Zach Bargeron, Austin Pressly and Benny Miller finished the game in relief for WVU. Bargeron, who pitched for the second-straight game, went three innings and allowing two hits. He also struck out three.

Oregon’s Jeff Gold improved to 3-0 in the start with the complete game shutout. Gold’s numbers. The win was Oregon’s first of the tournament after falling to Illinois for its second loss of the season on Friday evening.

Shortstop John Polonius led WVU at the plate with his second career three-hit game. Bobby Boyd recorded WVU’s only other hit.

The Mountaineers return to action in the final game of the tournament against Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. Left-handed pitcher Eric Hinkle will take the mound for WVU in the finale.