MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The West Virginia University baseball team fell 8-5 to Indiana in a back and forth affair on Friday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field in the first game of the Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach tournament.
Tied at 5-5 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Indiana’s Sam Travis hit a three-run home run to give the Hoosiers the go-ahead lead.
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers cranked out 12 hits with four players recording multi-hit performances. Left fielder Jacob Rice
batted 4-for-5 with two RBIs, the second time he has had four hits this season.
Left-hander Harrison Musgrave
earned a no-decision in 6.0 innings of work, allowing five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Right-hander Pascal Paul
took the loss in 2.0 innings of relief, allowing three runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk.
After going down 2-0 after one inning, the Mountaineers tied the game in the top half of the second as catcher Alan Filauro
hit a full-count single up the middle with no outs to drive in right fielder Brady Wilson
and third baseman Taylor Munden
Indiana once again took the lead at 3-2, but WVU tied the game in the fourth at 3-3 Rice smacked a two-out single through the left side to score Filauro.
Shortstop Michael Constantini
gave WVU its first lead of the game at 4-3 in the sixth inning, scoring on a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center field by second baseman Billy Fleming
. Rice notched his fourth hit of the afternoon, plating center fielder Bobby Boyd
for a 5-3 lead.
The lead did not last long, as two Indiana pinch hitters hurt WVU in the bottom half of the sixth. After getting an out to start the frame, Musgrave allowed a first pitch home run to deep left field by pinch hitter Casey Smith. The next batter, pinch hitter Chad Clark, doubled to left center and eventually scored to tie the game at 5-5.
Reliever Scott Effross picked up the win, allowing two hits in 2.0 innings of relief. Closer Ryan Halstead shut down WVU in the ninth innings, striking out one.
Kyle Schwarber led Indiana with four hits, two runs and two RBIs, while Scott Donley, Clark and Travis each had two hits.
WVU returns to action tomorrow at 10 a.m. against UMBC. Live stats will be available at WVUsports.com.