MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team fell 8-2 to Akron in game one of a doubleheader at Hawley Field this afternoon.
The WVU bats were stymied by Akron starter Scott Foster, who allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. The win was Foster’s first of the season, improving to 1-2. Andrew Fanning pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit to WVU.
The Mountaineers fell to 10-12 on the season, recording two runs on five hits, while the Zips scored eight runs on 13 hits. Neither team committed an error.
Dan Dierdorff (3-1) took his first loss of the season, allowing a seven runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings. Dierdorff struck out three and walked two. Reliever Benny Miller allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
Following two innings of scoreless ball, Tyler Begun hit his team-leading third home run of the season for Akron to give the Zips a 2-0 lead. Matt Rembielak had previously reached base on a double down the left field line. Left fielder Matt Frazer narrowly missed catching Begun’s homer, as it just went over Frazer’s outstretched glove.
The Zips went on to add three in the following frame, padding the lead to 5-0, led by a Darius Washington two-run double to left field.
Max Nogay hit his second homer in as many games to cut the Akron lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth, but Akron added two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
The Mountaineers and Zips will play game two at 3:30 p.m. Live stats will be available via MSNsportsNET.com, while a radio stream will on U92.wvu.edu.