WVU Drops Series to No. 18 Oklahoma State


By DJ Jamiel for WVUsports.com
April 12, 2014 07:56 PM
Jacob Rice makes a catch in left field for an out this afternoon.
All-Pro Photography/Dan Estel photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Despite scoring the games first run and amassing 12 hits, West Virginia fell to No.18 Oklahoma State, 9-2, on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,143 fans.
 
The attendance figure marks the second most to ever witness a baseball game at Hawley Field. 
 
The Mountaineers fell to 16-14 on the season and 2-5 within the Big 12. The Cowboys had 13 hits and would improve to 25-10 on the year and 7-4 in conference play.
 
Right-hander Sean Carley (5-1) took a no-decision for the Mountaineers as he danced in and out of trouble. Carley would spread one run and eight hits across seven innings, striking out six and walking four.
 
West Virginia notched the first run of the game in the bottom of the third. Three-consecutive two-out hits from juniors Taylor Munden, Bobby Boyd and Billy Fleming would produce the tally with Fleming driving in Munden from second base.
 
Carley would face trouble in the third inning when Oklahoma State loaded the bases with two outs, but Carley induced a ground ball to himself, completing the half inning.
 
Junior Cam O’Brien and Munden started the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back singles, but WVU was unable to add to its lead and left the bases loaded.
 
Munden and O'Brien led the Mountaineers at the plate, as each had three hits and one run. Boyd added two hits for West Virginia.
 
Oklahoma State tied the game at 1-1 in the seventh as Carley walked Garrett Williams with the bases loaded and two outs.
 
The Cowboys took the 2-1 lead in the eighth inning with a single by Saulyer Saxon. They would get three more runs in the frame and four more in the ninth increasing their lead to 9-1. Donnie Walton hit a bases loaded double down the left field line to clear the bases, highlighting the ninth inning for Oklahoma State.
 
West Virginia would finish the game by scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth as Boyd hit a single to plate O’Brien.
 
Oklahoma State starter Tyler Buffett (2-1) would go 4.2 innings, allowing one earned run off of six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Blake Battenfield picked up his first career win for the Cowboys, going 4.1 innings and allowing six hits with one earned run and one strikeout.
 
Tanner Krietemeier finished the afternoon 5-for-6 to lead Oklahoma State, while Wallton and Saxon each went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
 
The Mountaineers will play the final game of the weekend series at home tomorrow at 1 p.m. A link to live video, audio and stats is available via WVUsports.com.



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