MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The WVU baseball team was unable to comeback from an early deficit and suffered a 13-11 defeat against Manhattan in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Hawley Field.
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers posted a season-high 11 runs and tied a season high with 14 hits. Every member of WVU’s starting lineup recorded a hit in the loss.
The Mountaineers dropped to 10-11 overall, ending a four-game winning streak, while the Jaspers improved to 2-14 and ended a 13-game losing streak.
Manhattan struck first in a big way by scoring seven runs on seven hits in the first inning off WVU starter Eric Hinkle and reliever Pen Nakazato. The first three batters reached base, all eventually scoring, and the Jaspers batted around in the inning.
Hinkle (0-3) took the loss after his shortest outing of the year. Hinkle surrendered five runs off four hits in 0.1 innings, while his opposition, Scott McClennan, lasted just three innings with five runs allowed off seven hits.
Taylor Sewitt earned the win for Manhattan, who used a total of seven pitchers, throwing 2.1 innings and allowing three runs on two hits. Friday afternoon starter John Soldinger earn his first save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Zach Bargeron provided WVU will quality innings of relief and settled in nicely, allowing one earned run on two hits in the final 5.2 innings of the game. Bargeron walked four, while striking out one.
WVU scored at least one run in the first seven innings to bring the game to 12-11, but an insurance run in the eighth inning by the Jaspers put the game out of reach, as WVU was unable to cross the plate in the final two frames.
Brady Wilson, Ryan McBroom and Max Nogay all hit home runs, with McBroom finishing the afternoon with three hits and four RBIs. Wilson, John Polonius and Nate Antone added two hits apiece. Nogay and Bobby Boyd each drove in two runs, while Wilson, McBroom and Antone each scored two runs.
Anthony Vega, Aidan O’Leary and Yoandry Galan each had three hits in the contest, combining for nine of Manhattan’s 16 hits. Vega led the way with three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Mountaineers return back to Hawley Field on Tuesday, March 20, for a doubleheader against Akron. The series is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.