PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – For the second-consecutive day, the West Virginia University baseball team fell in 12 innings. On Sunday afternoon, the Mountaineers lost 6-4 to Iowa at North Charlotte Regional Park.
Tied at 4-4 with one out in the top of the 12th inning and baserunners on second and third, Iowa’s Blake Hickman knocked a two-run single to in shallow left field to give the Hawkeyes the go-ahead lead.
The Mountaineers fall to 6-9 overall and finished the Snowbird Baseball Classic with a 1-3 record. Despite the loss, WVU out-hit Iowa 17-13 and each team committed two errors.
WVU did make a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings when right fielder Brady Wilson
drove in catcher Alan Filauro
from third base. Consecutive singles by Filauro, shortstop Michael Constantini
and center fielder Bobby Boyd
loaded the bases with one out for Wilson, who hit a sacrifice fly to left field.
Constantini and left fielder Jacob Rice
led WVU with three hits apiece, with Rice adding a pair of runs, one RBI and a stolen base. Seven different players had multi-hit performances for WVU.
Taking the loss was reliever Taylor Munden
(0-1), who allowed two runs on one hit with three walks and a strikeout in 3.1 innings. Starter Dan Dierdorff
allowed three runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and no walks in 6.1 innings.
WVU struck first in the bottom of the opening frame. Rice reached base on a double to right field and then scored on a single that was tattooed up the middle by designated hitter Matt Frazer
After Iowa scored a run in the top of the third inning, the Mountaineers regained the lead at 3-1 with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame.
Constantini had a hustle double into left field to lead off and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Boyd. Constantini then scored on a single to left field by Rice, followed by a single to left field by first baseman Ryan Tuntland
that plated Rice.
Iowa’s Taylor Zeutenhorst led off and scored runs in fifth and seventh innings to bring the game to a 3-3 tie. Zeutenhorst smacked a wind-aided triple to right field in the fifth inning and was driven in by a Kris Goodman ground out. In the seventh inning, Zeutenhorst singled through the left side and scored on a squeeze bunt by Jake Yacinich.
The Hawkeyes took the lead in the eighth inning as Zeutenhorst doubled to left field and scored Hickman from first base.
WVU will briefly return to Morgantown before traveling to Pitt on Tuesday, March 12, for a non-conference matchup. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. with live stats available on WVUsports.com