JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The West Virginia University baseball team opened its 2013 season with a 4-0 loss to North Florida at Harmon Stadium on Friday evening.
"Baseball is all about pitching, defense and timely hitting, and if you don't get all three of those things it's hard to win," coach Randy Mazey said following his first game at the helm. "We pitched okay, we didn't get timely hitting, we left some guys on base in scoring position and we didn't play defense."
The Mountaineers were shut down by UNF starter Tyler Moore who earned the win after going 5.0 innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six.
Right-hander Corey Walter
was tagged with the loss, allowing one earned run on eight hits in 4.2 innings. He struck out one and walked one batter.
Down 4-0 heading into the ninth, the Mountaineers loaded the bases with one out, but a double play off the bat of pinch hitter Max Nogay
ended the WVU threat. Matt Frazer
began the rally with a leadoff walk, followed by singles by Ryan Tuntland
and Brady Wilson
to load the bases.
"The guys grinded it out," Mazey said. "I loved their effort and energy level and I never doubt this team's willingness to win. This is the first game and we'll learn from it."
UNF capitalized on a two-out throwing error by Tuntland in the fifth inning to add three insurance runs. Joe Wielbruda scored on the error, while Alex Bacon followed it up with a two-run double over the head of left fielder Jacob Rice
to extend the lead to 4-0.
"We only had one error, but it was a big one that led to three runs," Mazey said. "Our pitching staff isn't conducive to striking people out, we only had three tonight, so we are going to have to play defense in order to have success."
The Ospreys’ Corey Bass scored the first run of the game on a single through the left side by Tyler Marincov in the third inning.
West Virginia’s Bobby Boyd
and Taylor Munden
led off the sixth inning with back-to-back singles, but UNF reliever Tommy Organ was able to induce the Mountaineers into three-straight outs to get out of the jam.
Adding hits for the Mountaineers were Ryan McBroom
and Frazer, who each laced doubles in the second inning and fourth inning, respectively, while sophomore Billy Fleming
added a single.
, Ryan Hostrander
and Jared Hill
all pitched in relief of Walter. Harlow and Hostrander each struck out one batter in 1.1 innings and 1.2 innings, respectively.
Organ was effective in relief for the Ospreys, allowing three hits in three innings with one strikeout. Corbin Olmstead pitched in the ninth for UNF.
Game two is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday with left-hander Harrison Musgrave
taking the mound for the Mountaineers. He will face right-handed pitcher Kyle Westwood for UNF. Live stats will be available through WVUsports.com, while a live video will be streamed on ASun.tv.