SAN DIEGO – The West Virginia University baseball team fell 7-3 on Sunday afternoon, dropping the series to San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
SDSU (5-2) scored runs in each of the first three innings to gain a 4-0 lead, and WVU (2-4) was never able to fully recover from the deficit.
"When you don't get to play outside you have to work out your mistakes while the season is going on and that's not easy to do," coach Randy Mazey says. "You have to live with some bad games if you do it that way. As long as we continue to get better and learn from it each time out. I think by the time conference rolls around we'll have a pretty good team.'
Junior left-hander John Means
(1-1) was unable to get settled in his second start of the season. Means allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits with three walks and one strikeout in 3.0 innings.
Junior second baseman Billy Fleming
, senior left fielder Jacob Rice
and freshman right fielder Shaun Wood
had two hits apiece for the Mountaineers, who finished with 10 in the game.
Doubles in the first inning by Tim Zier and Ty France allowed SDSU to take an early 1-0 lead as France drove in Zier from second base.
The Aztecs brought their advantage to 3-0 in the bottom of the second as Wood dropped a fly ball that would have ended the inning, but instead allowed Zier and Greg Allen to score.
France hit his second double of the afternoon in the bottom of the third inning and eventually scored to make it 4-0 on an RBI ground out by Steven Pallares.
West Virginia cut the lead in half at 4-2 in the top of the fourth thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by Wood and freshman designated hitter Jackson Cramer
. Wood drove in Fleming, who singled to lead off the inning, and Cramer scored Rice, who doubled down the left field line.
France hit another double in the bottom of the seventh inning, driving in two runs to put the game out of reach at 6-2.
Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
notched his team-leading 10 RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to score junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
The Aztec’s got another stellar start by Mark Seyler (2-0), who allowed two runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings. Seyler added seven strikeouts and walked one.
France finished 3-for-3 with one run, three doubles and three RBIs for the Aztecs, while Allen, Zier and Ryan Muno added two hits apiece.
WVU will be back in action next weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., taking on Duke, Coastal Carolina and James Madison. Links to live stats will be available on WVUsports.com.