Baseball: WVU Drops Series Opener

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • April 27, 2012 10:47 PM
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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – In a game that featured four lead changes and four ties, the WVU baseball team fell 11-9 to Seton Hall on Friday evening at Owen T. Carroll Field.

The Mountaineers fell to 17-25 overall and 5-11 in the BIG EAST, while Seton Hall improved to 24-18 overall and 9-7 in conference play. WVU scored nine runs on 16 hits with four errors and the Pirates scored 11 runs on 15 hits with one error.

Six WVU batters recorded multiple hits, led by freshman infielder Billy Fleming with four hits and three RBIs.

The first four batters in the lineup combined for 10 hits, seven runs and five RBIs. Junior right fielder Brady Wilson and freshman center fielder Bobby Boyd each had three hits and two runs, while Wilson added a double and an RBI and Boyd smacked a triple. Sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom had two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs.

WVU jumped quickly on Seton Hall starter Jon Prosinski, plating the first four batters of the game to take a 4-0 lead after one inning. Wilson and Boyd led off with back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. An infield single to shortstop by McBroom scored Wilson, while sophomore designated hitter Matt Frazer’s team-leading 19th double of the season scored Boyd. Fleming then came through with a two-run single up the middle, completing the Mountaineer offensive attack.

The Pirates fought back and tied the score at 4-4 in the third inning when Dale Anderson hit a two-out single to right field and then scored on a Scott Kalamar single up the middle. Anderson advanced to second on a wild pitch that junior catcher Alan Filaruo attempted to throw Anderson out on. The ball hit Anderson and shot to center field, allowing Anderson to advance to third base.

In the top of the fourth, WVU took back the lead at 7-4 on a two-run single up the middle by McBroom and a two-out single to right field by Fleming, scoring Frazer.

Seton Hall followed suit in the bottom half of the fourth and scored three that was highlighted by a Sal Annunziata single through the left side scoring two, tying the game at 7-7.

WVU scored two in the fifth, but once again the Pirates tied the game in the bottom of the inning with two runs, bringing the game to 9-9.

Seton Hall took its first lead and go-ahead lead in the sixth with two runs on three infield singles and a triple by Kalamar to go up 11-9.

Right-handed sophomore Josh Harlow took the loss in 4.2 innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks. WVU starter Zach Bargeron earned the no-decision in 3.1 innings of work. The left-handed sophomore allowed seven runs on seven hits with five walks and one strikeout.

Prosinski let up eight runs on 13 hits in 4.1 innings to earn the no-decision for the Pirates. Prosinski struck out six and walked one in the outing. Reliever Rick Mangione took the win by striking out two and walking four in two innings without allowing a hit. Mike Genovese got the save in 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Genovese and Will Walsh each recorded three hits, with Genovese scoring two and knocking in three. Zach Granite and Sal Annunziata added two RBIs apiece, while Anderson and Dillon Hamlin each scored two.

The teams are back in action on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., for game two of the series. Both teams will send right-handers to the mound with sophomore Corey Walter earning the start for WVU and Ryan Harvey for Seton Hall. Links to live stats and a live video stream are available via MSNsportsNET.com.