Baseball: Unearned Runs Hurt WVU

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • April 01, 2012 05:21 PM
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JAMAICA, N.Y. – Nine unearned runs proved costly in a 14-6 loss by the WVU baseball team to St. John’s in the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium.

WVU, which won game two of the series, fell to 12-18 (1-5 BIG EAST), with St. John’s improving to 15-12 (4-2). The Mountaineers had six runs on nine hits with two errors, and the Red Storm had 14 runs on nine hits with one error.

First baseman Ryan McBroom led WVU with two doubles in a 2-for-5 performance with two runs. Right fielder Chris Rasky and third baseman Nate Antone each led WVU with two RBIs apiece. Antone and shortstop Stuart Jeck each recorded two hits.

Frank Schwindel had two hits, including one home run, three RBIs and a run, to lead St. John’s at the plate. Matt Wessinger, Martin Kelly and Pat Talbut had two RBIs apiece, and Kelly, Sean O’Hare and Danny Bethea each had two hits.

West Virginia put two runs across in the top of the second after Antone’s two-run double to the right center field wall, scoring designated hitter Pen Nakazato and Jeck.

In the bottom of the second, St. John’s cut the Mountaineer lead in half with a single to shortstop by O’Hare, scoring Zach Lauricella. The Red Storm then tied the game in the third inning with a Talbut sacrifice fly to center field that plated Kelly.

St. John’s put men on the corners in the fourth inning and that ended the afternoon for WVU starter Eric Hinkle, who lasted 3.2 innings in the start, allowing one earned run on two hits with four walks. Relievers Austin Pressly and Caleb Ross came into the game and neither recorded an out, allowing six runs on one hit with a combined six walks. Josh Harlow was able to come in and get the final out of the inning. However, the damage was done as the eight-run inning brought the St. John’s lead to 10-2.

WVU managed to bring the score to 10-4 in the sixth inning as McBroom smacked a double down the left field line and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Rasky. Left fielder Matt Frazer also scored in the inning on a wild pitch.

St. John’s went on to add two in each of the sixth and seventh innings, while the Mountaineers scored two in the eighth, bringing the score to 14-6. The WVU eighth was highlighted by a single to second base by Rasky, scoring Frazer from third.

The Red Storm starter, Eddie Medina, allowed four runs on five hits in six innings with three strikeouts and two walks. Brendan Lobban replaced Medina and pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out two, while James Lomangino pitched the final two innings and allowed one run on four hits with four strikeouts.

The Mountaineers return home to the confines of Hawley Field to take on BIG EAST opponent Villanova from April 5-7. Thursday’s and Friday’s games will begin at 1 p.m., with Saturday’s series finale beginning at 1 p.m.