WVU Drops Midweek Game at Penn State


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
April 08, 2014 08:50 PM
Ray Guerrini
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The WVU baseball team fell 8-4 in midweek action at Penn State on Tuesday evening.
 
Despite scoring the game’s first run, West Virginia falls to 16-12 overall and has now lost four in a row. The Mountaineers finished with four runs on 10 hits and did not commit an error.
 
The Mountaineers held a 3-2 lead after two innings of action, highlighted by a two-run single to left field by freshman catcher Ray Guerrini. The base knock was the first of Guerrini’s career after starting the season 0-for-17.
 
Penn State took a 7-3 lead in the bottom of the third with five runs on five hits. Taylor Skerpon hit a two-run double to left center field and Steve Snyder knocked a two-run triple to right center field.
 
J.J. White extended the Penn State lead to 8-3 in the bottom of the eighth with a single up the middle, scoring Snyder.
 
In the top of the ninth, senior first baseman Ryan McBroom drove in his second run of the game to cut the lead to 8-4.
 
WVU senior left-hander Zach Bargeron (1-1) took the loss in relief of junior right-hander Trevor Simms, who started his first career game. Bargeron gave up five runs on five hits with one strikeout in just one inning of work.
 
Simms allowed two runs on three hits with two walks in two innings, but left with WVU holding the lead.
 
Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd, junior second baseman Billy Fleming and junior shortstop Taylor Munden had two hits apiece, while Guerrini and McBroom drove in two runs.
 
Geoff Boylston (1-0) picked up the win for Penn State in his first career start. Boylston allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with one strikeout and one walk in 5.2 innings.
 
James Coates, Jim Haley, Alex Farkes, Snyder and White each had two hits to lead the Nittany Lion offense. Ryan Richter and Snyder scored two runs.
 
West Virginia returns to action this weekend at Hawley Field against Oklahoma State. Friday’s game is set for 6 p.m., Saturday’s game will begin at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will begin at 1 p.m.
 
Tickets cost $7 for reserved seating, $5 for general admission, $3 for seniors and youths 18 and under and WVU students are admitted free with a valid student ID.
 
A link to the video stream and live stats will be available on WVUsports.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG and fans can listen via AudioNow.



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