WVU Drops Doubleheader Opener

  • By Charlie Healy
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  • March 10, 2017 06:46 PM
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NORFOLK, Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team lost the opening game of a doubleheader at Old Dominion, 8-4, on Friday afternoon in Norfolk, Virginia.
In the first game of a three-game series at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex, the Mountaineers (7-6) scored four runs on 10 hits with two errors, while the Monarchs (10-3) scored eight runs on nine hits with no errors. WVU left 10 runners on base, while ODU stranded six.
West Virginia took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, thanks to freshman catcher Chase Illig’s first career home run. Old Dominion answered with three runs in the sixth before the Mountaineers regained the lead with a run in the seventh. A five run ninth, including a grand slam, won the game for Old Dominion.
Junior right-handed starter BJ Myers pitched 6.0 strong innings, holding Old Dominion to three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He retired the first 11 batters he faced and had his second quality start of the season.
Freshman center fielder Brandon White led the team with a career-high-tying three hits. Sophomore third baseman Cole Austin added two hits.
As Myers was shutting down Old Dominion, two West Virginia runners reached base in the first inning, three in the second and another two in the third before the bats broke out in the fourth.
WVU scored three runs on four hits in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Illig’s home run with two outs and a runner on third got the scoring going, and sophomore second baseman Kyle Gray followed with an RBI triple for his first hit of the season.
Myers allowed his first hit with two outs in the fourth inning, but followed with a hitless fifth. The Monarchs’ offense came alive in the bottom of the sixth inning, with three runs on four hits. Three straight singles opened the inning and put ODU on the board, and a one-out single scored another before a fielder’s choice tied the game at 3-3.
West Virginia regained the lead in the seventh inning on a two-out single by sophomore designated hitter Marques Inman. The single through the left side scored senior first baseman Jackson Cramer.
Freshman righty Ryan McDonald made his third career appearance in the seventh inning, relieving Myers on the mound. He held Old Dominion without a run in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Monarchs won the game with five runs on two hits in the ninth inning. A walk, a single and an intentional walk loaded the bases before senior righty Jackson Sigman relieved McDonald. Sigman got a strikeout for the second out of the ninth before hitting a batter to bring in the tying run. Shaun Wood then hit a grand slam to win the game for ODU.
The two teams will play the second game of today’s doubleheader before the series concludes with a single game on Saturday at 3 p.m. No game will be played on Sunday.
Old Dominion will have a live stream (subscription required) and live stats for all three games this weekend. Those links can be found on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com. Additional behind-the-scenes updates, news and notes from Norfolk, Virginia, can be found on social media by following and connecting with the team at @WVUBaseball on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
NOTES: WVU falls to 7-6 on the season and 6-3 all-time against Old Dominion … West Virginia is playing its first doubleheader of the season … Starter BJ Myers had his second quality start of the season, allowing three runs on five hits in 6.0 innings … Chase Illig hit his first career home run in the fourth inning and had his first multi-RBI game of his career … Kyle Gray’s RBI triple in the fourth inning was his first hit of the season … Cole Austin led the team with a career-high-tying three hits.
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.
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