WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A season high six errors, including four in the seventh inning, doomed the West Virginia University baseball team as it fell 10-7 to Youngstown State on Friday afternoon at the Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Leading 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Penguins tacked on five runs, two unearned, to extend the lead to 10-5 thanks in part to a myriad of fielding blunders by the Mountaineers.
Despite the loss, West Virginia pumped out 12 hits, marking the third-consecutive game the Mountaineers have had 10 or more hits.
Trailing 4-1 entering the fifth inning, WVU score three runs by way of four two-out hits, tying the game at 4-4. Junior designated hitter Jacob Rice
knocked a double that drove in left fielder Bobby Boyd
, followed by back-to-back-to-back singles by junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland
, junior first baseman Nate Antone
and sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming
The Penguins quickly regained a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth as a leadoff triple to center field by Drew Dosch proved to be costly. Dosch scored on the next at bat by way of a Kris Moules ground out.
Much like he has all season, sophomore left fielder Bobby Boyd
set the tempo early for WVU with a leadoff single through the left side, followed by three stolen bases, including a swipe of home plate on a successful double steal.
Boyd finished with a team-leading three hits, three stolen bases and two runs. Antone and Tuntland each added two hits, while Fleming drove in two runs.
WVU starter Corey Walter
(0-2) was charged with the loss, allowing four earned runs and striking out three throughout his five innings of work. Zach Bargeron
, Ryan Hostrander
and Brock Dykxhoorn
came out of the bullpen to complete the effort for the Mountaineers.
Youngstown State starter Blake Aquadro (1-1), who was credited with the win, struck out two and allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings.
The Penguins were led at the plate by Josh White, who went 3-for-4 with two runs. Mike Accardi, Phil Lipari and Marcus Heath added two hits apiece.
WVU will play in a doubleheader tomorrow, facing Youngstown State at noon and Wake Forest at 4 p.m. A pair of southpaws will get starts as Means will pitch game one and Musgrave will take the hill in game two.