CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Six multi-run innings hurt the WVU baseball team as it fell 16-6 to TCU on Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park.
The Horned Frogs (25-25, 10-11 Big 12) took the series win over the Mountaineers (30-22, 12-9 Big 12) after victories in the series final two games. The series loss is the first off the season at home in conference play.
Junior left fielder Jacob Rice
went 3-for-4 at the plate for WVU, while sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming
, junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland
and senior right fielder Brady Wilson
each had two hits, and junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
drove in two runs.
McBroom helped WVU plate four runs across in the bottom of the first with a two-run double to left center field. Tuntland tied the game at 1-1 with a single, followed by McBroom’s double and an RBI single to right field by Fleming, bringing the score to 4-1.
Jantzen Witte hit a game-tying two-run home run in the top of the third after Kyle Bacak led off the frame with a double to left field and scored on a Max White double to right center field.
TCU took the lead at 6-4 in the top of the fifth on a mental mistake by sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd
. Boyd misplayed a fly ball to center field that turned into a double for Derek Odell, driving in two runs.
After TCU extended the lead to 9-4 in the top of the sixth, Fleming tripled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and then scored on an RBI ground out by junior designated hitter Matt Frazer
to cut the deficit to 9-5.
Two runs scored on a Tuntland error in the seventh inning, while the Horned Frogs lead increased to 13-5 in the eighth inning with a two-run homer by Cron. TCU added three more runs in the top of the ninth.
Kyle Bacak had four hits, while Cody Jones scored four runs. Cron had four RBIs, and Paul Hendrix and Odell each recorded three RBIs.
Sophomore left-hander John Means
(4-3) took the loss for the Mountaineers, allowing six runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
TCU closer Alex Young (6-4) earned the victory in 6.2 innings of relief. He gave up one run on three hits with five strikeouts with one walk. WVU was able to knock TCU starter Andrew Mitchell out of the game in the first inning. Mitchell gave up four runs on five hits with one walk in 0.1 innings.
The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday, May 14 against Marshall at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley. The rubber match of the season-long three-game series is set to begin at 6 p.m. A radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network, with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station. The game can be heard in Beckley on WWNR 101.1 FM and 620 AM.