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WVU Drops Road Trip Finale

  • By Charlie Healy
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  • March 11, 2017 07:33 PM
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NORFOLK, Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team closed an 11-day, eight-game roadtrip with a 7-4 loss at Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon in Norfolk, Virginia.
 
In the series finale at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex, the Mountaineers (8-7) scored four runs on six hits with two errors and stranded six runners on base. The Monarchs (11-4) won the three-game series, scoring seven runs on 10 hits with one error while stranding 11 baserunners.
 
WVU trailed 2-0 early before scoring a run in the seventh inning to cut the deficit in half, at 2-1. ODU answered with five runs, all unearned, in the eighth, to take a 7-1 lead before the Mountaineers tried to rally in the ninth, scoring three runs.
 
Sophomore third baseman Cole Austin led WVU with two hits and had both of WVU’s RBIs, while sophomore right fielder Darius Hill had two hits and two runs scored.
 
Junior righty Conner Dotson (3-1) allowed two runs on three hits in 5.0 innings, but suffered his first loss of the year. He struck out three and walked three.
 
Old Dominion took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, after the first two batters reached and a fielder’s choice scored the game’s first run. The Monarchs added a run in the third inning on a leadoff walk and a one-out single.
 
Sophomore designated hitter Marques Inman singled in the fourth inning for West Virginia’s first hit of the game, but he was thrown out at home trying to score from second on Hill’s single to left field.
 
The Mountaineers were retired in order in the fifth and sixth inning before breaking through with a run in the seventh. With two outs, Hill doubled down the left-field line and scored on Austin’s single through the right side.
 
With two runners on and two outs in the sixth inning, freshman right-hander Sam Kessler came into the game and got a flyout to end the inning. In the seventh, after the Mountaineers got on the board, Kessler allowed a hit and left two runners on base. In 1.1 innings, he allowed one hit and struck out two with no walks to help keep the Mountaineers within striking distance.
 
After scoring a run in the seventh, West Virginia stranded a runner on second with one out in the eighth inning. Old Dominion added five runs in the bottom half, off of five WVU pitchers, to extend its lead to 7-1. The Monarchs’ five runs, all unearned, came on four hits with one error.
 
Back-to-back walks to begin the ninth inning, followed by a single by Austin, scored WVU’s second run of the game. With two outs and two on, sophomore shortstop Jimmy Galusky reached on an error to score two more runs to make it 7-4. However, a groundout ended the game.
 
The Mountaineers are scheduled to come home for the first time this season, hosting Morehead State on Tuesday, March 14, at 3 p.m. ET, at Monongalia County Ballpark. With inclement weather in the forecast, fans are encouraged to stay tuned to WVUsports.com for the latest updates.
 
The home opener is the first of three dollar days this season, where tickets and select concession items will be $1. Tickets are on sale now, at 1-800-WVU GAME, WVUGAME.com or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum.
 
NOTES: WVU falls to 8-7 on the year and 7-4 all-time against Old Dominion … The loss ends a season-opening road swing for WVU, where the Mountaineers played their first 15 games away from home … Starter Conner Dotson suffered his first loss of the year, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks … Cole Austin had two hits and two RBIs, his seventh multi-hit game of the year and fifth multi-RBI contest of the season … Darius Hill had two hits and scored two runs, his fifth multi-hit game of the season.
 
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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