NEW ORLEANS – For the first time this season, the West Virginia University baseball team was shut out in a 6-0 loss at Tulane on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (6-4) were held to no runs on five hits and stranded six runners on base. The Green Wave (3-7) scored six runs on six hits and stranded 12 baserunners. WVU committed three errors while Tulane did not have an error.
WVU pitchers walked 11 Tulane batters in the contest.
Tulane starter J.P. France held the Mountaineers to four hits, walking two and striking out four. He retired WVU in order three times and held West Virginia to one baserunner in the third and fourth innings.
Two Mountaineers reached in the sixth and seventh, but a double play ended the sixth and France retired the next three in the seventh to get out of the inning unscathed.
Freshman center fielder TJ Lake
led WVU offensively with two hits. Senior first baseman Jackson Cramer
also reached base twice, with a hit and a walk.
Tulane got on the board in the first inning with a run on no hits. Freshman right-handed starter Carter Camp
walked four batters to bring in one run, while he struck out three.
The Green Wave added to their lead with two runs in the second on a walk, a double and a single. Both runs were credited to Camp, though sophomore righty Jacob Potock
came in and got all three outs in the inning.
Lake singled with two outs in the third inning for WVU’s first hit and baserunner of the game, but he was stranded at first.
Potock kept it a 3-0 game in the bottom of the third, stranding two runners. After the Mountaineers had another hit in the fourth, Tulane added a run in the bottom half to extend its lead to 4-0. The Green Wave stranded one in the fourth and another runner in the fifth.
West Virginia had a chance to cut into the deficit in the sixth inning, when Lake led it off with a single and sophomore second baseman Kyle Gray
walked with one out. However, with two runners on, a double play ended the Mountaineer scoring threat.
A sacrifice fly scored one run in the sixth to give Tulane a 5-0 lead, which ended Potock’s night. The sophomore allowed one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 4.2 strong innings of relief work. Junior righty Shane Ennis
relieved Potock and got the final out of the frame.
The Mountaineers again put two runners on in the seventh, when Cramer singled and sophomore third baseman Cole Austin
walked to put two on with no outs. However, France got a popup, a strikeout and another popup to escape the jam without a run scoring.
Jack Hogan relieved France in the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
Sophomore right fielder Darius Hill
singled to lead off the ninth inning. While he was stranded on base, the hit extended his hitting streak to a career-long and team-best 12 games, dating back to last season.
The series concludes at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tulane will have live stats and a video stream (subscription required), and those links can be found on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com
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WVU falls to 6-4 on the season and was shut out for the first time in 2017 … Darius Hill
extended his hitting streak to a career-long and team-best 12 games with a ninth-inning single … Kyle Gray
made his first start of the season, starting at second base … Jacob Potock
pitched a career-long 4.2 innings in relief with a career-best four strikeouts, allowing one earned run on five hits with one walk.
Season tickets, single game tickets, flex plan tickets and mini packs for the 2017 WVU baseball season are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-WVU GAME, going to WVUGAME.com
or visiting the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum. The 2017 schedule is available on WVUsports.com