CHARLESTON, W.Va. – After coming back from a four-run deficit in the eighth inning, the WVU baseball team fell to Texas Tech, 6-4, in 10 innings on Saturday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park.
The loss dropped the Mountaineers to 9-13 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 play while the Red Raiders improved to 16-9 and 3-2.
Texas Tech’s Jake Barrios scored the game-winning run in the top of the 10th on a single through the right side by Mason Randolph. Barrios reached on a triple to left field that took a hard bounce off the wall, while Randolph scored on a fielder’s choice to second base, giving the Red Raiders a 6-4 advantage.
WVU capitalized on two Texas Tech errors in the bottom of the eighth to score four runs and tie the game at 4-4. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd
and senior right fielder Brady Wilson
reached on errors by the middle infielders to lead off the inning.
After a walk to junior designated hitter Matt Frazer
to load the bases, junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland
singled up the middle to drive in two runs. Junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
then singled through the left side to scored Frazer from second, while a pinch-hit single by sophomore Justin Fox
scoring Tuntland tied the game at 4-4.
The Red Raiders struck first in the second inning with an RBI ground out off WVU junior right-handed starter Corey Walter
. Eric Gutierrez led off with a single to center field and was advanced to third base on a Jarrard Poteete double to right center. Gutierrez gave Texas Tech the lead, scoring on a Barrios ground out.
Texas Tech extended its lead to two runs with a base loaded walk issued to Gutierrez, scoring Tim Proudfoot to go ahead 2-0.
Barrios added two insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning, hitting a two-run home run to left field, putting Texas Tech ahead 4-0.
Walter (1-2) tossed 7.0 innings, matching Texas Tech starter Jonny Drozd (3-1), earning a no-decision after giving up three runs on five hits. Walter struck out six and walked three. Drozd gave up four hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
(1-3) took the loss after allowing one earned run on three hits in 1.2 innings. Andre Wheeler (2-0) let up two hits in 2.0 innings of relief to earn the win.
Sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming
recorded three of WVU’s 10 hits. Barrios led Texas Tech with two hits, two runs and three RBIs.
The series will conclude this afternoon with the second game of a doubleheader. Sophomore left-hander John Means
will get the start for the Mountaineers and will be opposed by right-hander Matt Withrow.
Fans that have purchased tickets for the Sunday game have two options. They may redeem their ticket at the WV Power Box Offer for a ticket to Saturday’s doubleheader or may redeem their ticket at a later date for one of the remaining WVU baseball games at Appalachian Power Park.
The games will be video streamed on WVUsports.com, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network, with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.