NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The West Virginia baseball team did not get a hit until the fifth inning in a 4-2 loss at Cal State Northridge on Friday afternoon.
West Virginia (9-6) finished with two runs on five hits with one error, and Cal State Northridge (8-12) scored four runs on nine hits with no errors.
Junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave
(3-1) took a loss for the first time in over a year, giving up four runs, three earned, on nine hits in 6.2 innings. Musgrave struck out one and walked one.
Senior shortstop Michael Constantini
finished with two hits and one RBI to lead WVU offensively.
Ranny Lowe gave the Matadors a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as he reached on an error to shortstop. Lowe was moved to third base on back-to-back bunts and scored on a Nick Blaser RBI ground out.
Three hits by Cal State Northridge in the bottom of the third inning extended the lead to 3-0. Lowe scored his second run of the game on a Chester Pak sacrifice fly to center field, and Ryan Raslowsky scored as Blaser doubled to left center field.
Freshman catcher Ray Guerrini
put the Mountaineers on the board in the top of the fifth inning, driving in junior catcher Max Nogay
with a fielder’s choice to shortstop.
Constantini singled to shortstop in the top of the seventh with one out to score freshman right fielder Shaun Wood
, cutting the CSUN lead to 3-2. Junior catcher Cam O’Brien pinch hit for Guerrini with two runners on and one out, but hit a soft liner to the second base, who easily completed a double play as the runners were stealing on the play.
The Matadors scored an insurance run, making the score 4-2, in the bottom of the seventh when Pak singled to left center, scoring Nico Garbella from second base.
Raslowsky finished 3-for-4 and Brett Balkan went 2-for-3 to lead CSUN at the plate. Lowe scored two runs, and Pak and Blaser each drove in two runs.
Brycen Rutherford (2-2) picked up the win for the Matadors, giving up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 6.1 innings pitched. Rutherford did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.
The series finale is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. Junior right-handed pitcher Sean Carley
will make the start for the Mountaineers tomorrow. A link to live audio and stats is available via WVUsports.com.