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WVU Edged in Opener at No. 23 Oklahoma State

  • By Charlie Healy
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  • March 31, 2017 11:59 PM
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STILLWATER, Okla. – The West Virginia University baseball team was edged in a pitcher’s duel at No. 23 Oklahoma State, 3-2, on Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
 
In the opening game of a three-game series, the Mountaineers (13-10, 2-2 Big 12) were held to two runs on four hits. The Cowboys (16-9, 1-3) scored three runs on six hits.
 
WVU starter BJ Myers had a career-high-tying 10 strikeouts. He allowed three runs on five hits with three walks.
 
OSU’s Tyler Buffett threw a complete game, striking out seven with no walks. One of WVU’s two runs was unearned.
 
Myers, Buffett and WVU senior reliever Jackson Sigman combined to throw 11 1-2-3 innings. All three pitchers struck out the side once.
 
The Cowboys took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. With a runner on second, a hard-hit ground ball to first took a big hop on the infield dirt, landing in right field for a double to score a run.
 
However, Myers did not allow another baserunner until the fifth and did not allow a hit until the sixth. He retired 12 in a row, seven of them via the strikeout. The stretch including striking out the side in the 2nd inning.
 
West Virginia’s first hit came in the fourth inning, before the Mountaineers got on the board and took a 2-1 lead in the fifth.
 
The first three Mountaineers in the inning reached base, with the help of an error and a bunt single. With the bases loaded and no outs, back-to-back groundouts scored sophomore right fielder Darius Hill and sophomore catcher Ivan Gonzalez.
 
Myers walked two in the bottom of the sixth, but a pair of strikeouts helped him strand runners on the corners.
 
Oklahoma State scored two runs in the sixth inning to regain a 3-2 lead. The first four batters in the inning reached base, capped by back-to-back run-scoring singles. Myers then retired the next three batters to limit the damage.
 
After scoring two in the fifth inning, Buffett retired West Virginia in order in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
 
Sigman struck out the side in the seventh inning and used the help of a double play to get out of the eighth inning stranding a runner. With runners on the corners and no outs, freshman center fielder Brandon White caught a shallow line drive and doubled up the OSU runner trying to tag from third.
 
Saturday’s game has been moved up to 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT, with inclement weather expected in the Stillwater area. Sunday’s series finale will begin at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.
 
Both games will be live streamed for free on OkState.com/Live. Fans can listen to the games on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on various affiliates throughout the state, online at WVUsports.com, on the Mountaineer Gameday App and the TuneInRadio App. Dan Zangrilli will call the action. Live stats can be found at OkState.Statbroadcast.com. Links to live streams, radio broadcasts and live stats for all three games can be found on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com.
 
NOTES: WVU falls to 13-10 on the season, 2-2 in Big 12 play and 4-2 against top-25 teams … Starter BJ Myers struck out a career-high-tying 10 batters in 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on five hits.
 
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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