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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The West Virginia University baseball team fell in extra innings, 7-6, to No. 8 Louisville on Friday afternoon in the season opener.
After coming back from a 6-4 deficit in the eighth inning to send the game into extra innings, Louisville’s Jeff Gardner hit a walk-off home run to right field, giving the Cardinals a victory.
The Mountaineers got off to a fast start, scoring runs in each of the first four innings to take an early 5-1 lead.
Junior shortstop Taylor Munden
singled through the left side to lead off the game on the first pitch of the season. Munden then gave WVU a 1-0 lead as he scored from second on a two-out single through the right side by senior left fielder Jacob Rice
Junior right fielder Trevor Simms
led off the second inning with a four-pitch walk and scored from second when junior third baseman Justin Fox
singled up the middle to drive in Simms, doubling the lead to 2-0.
Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
hit the first home run of the season in the third inning to extend the lead to 4-1 with a long shot over the left field fence, driving in junior second baseman Billy Fleming
. Fleming led off the inning with a single to right field.
Junior catcher Max Nogay
made it 5-1 in the top of the fourth with a line drive laser off the left field foul pole for a home run.
Louisville’s lone run during the first four innings came off a solo home run by Danny Rosenbaum in the second inning.
The Cardinals then cut the WVU lead to 5-4 with one run in the fifth inning and two in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run home run to left field by Grant Kay.
McBroom’s third RBI of the afternoon made it 6-4 in favor of WVU in the seventh inning. Fleming began a two-out rally with a double down the right field line and was driven in by a McBroom single through the left side.
Louisville tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Gardner and Rosenbaum, eventually forcing extra innings.
McBroom finished with a game-high three hits, while Fleming and Munden each had two hits. Rice, Nogay and Fox picked up one RBI apiece.
Despite earning a no-decision, junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave
started off where he left last season and struck out seven batters in 5.1 innings pitched. Musgrave allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits.
The loss went to senior right-hander Corey Walter
, while senior righty Pascal Paul
struck out five in 3.1 innings of relief.
Nick Burdi earned the win for Louisville, pitching a scoreless 10th inning. Starter Joe Filomeno only last 4.0 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Mountaineers will continue play tomorrow against Delaware at 6 p.m. Junior right-hander Sean Carley
will be making his West Virginia debut on the mound. Live stats will be available through WVUsports.com.