STILLWATER, Okla. – The West Virginia University baseball team was unable to overcome an early deficit and fell 7-4 in game one against No. 16 Oklahoma State on Thursday evening at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
“They’re very well coached; they play with a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm. They definitely won the battle of energy tonight,” coach Randy Mazey says. “As a coach, you can strike out or make errors, but you can’t ever get out-hustled and I thought we did tonight.”
Oklahoma State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third, scoring its first two runs on plays at the plate. Donnie Walton bunted a suicide squeeze that scored Aaron Cornell as WVU senior catcher Alan Filauro
appeared to miss the tag. Filauro was then unable to corral a throw from junior left fielder Jacob Rice
to the plate after a single by Randy McCurry, allowing Saulyer Saxon to score.
The loss drops WVU to 30-24 overall and 12-10 in Big 12 play. The Mountaineers drop into fourth place in the Big 12 standings while Oklahoma State moved into third place with a 38-13 overall mark and 12-9 record in conference games.
A pair of home runs by Aaron Cornell and Donnie Walton brought the Cowboy lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Cornell hit a solo blast to left field, while Walton’s two-run homer went over the right field fence.
Three-consecutive singles began the fifth inning for WVU, who scored three runs on five hits to cut the Oklahoma State lead in half. Junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
scored on a ground out by Filauro, sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming
scored on a wild pitch and redshirt junior designated hitter Matt Frazer
was plated on an RBI single to left field by sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd
WVU senior right-hander Dan Dierdorff
(4-7) allowed seven runs off 10 hits and two walks in his 7.0 innings of work while his counterpart, Jason Hursh, cruised to his sixth victory of the season. The OSU righty gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
Oklahoma State increased its advantage in the fifth as McCurry doubled to left field and was driven in by a Zach Fish sacrifice fly to left. The Mountaineers then scored in the top of the eighth as Rice singled through the left side to score senior right fielder Brady Wilson
from second base, making the score 7-4. Five different Cowboys connected for multi-hit games, led by McCurry with three and Walton who drove in three runs.
Rice was the Mountaineers’ bright spot on the offensive attack as he had two hits with an RBI in his home state of Oklahoma.
Game two begins Friday at 7:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on Fox College Sports. The game can be heard on the Mountaineer Sports Network with the Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440-AM serving as the flagship station.