WVU drops series opener vs. Texas

By Ryan Decker

 

West Virginia (31-21, 11-11) opened its final series of the regular season against a struggling Texas (33-19, 10-11) team, while riding a four-game win streak.

The Mountaineers also had their ace BJ Myers on the mound, who got off to a good start against a solid Texas lineup.

Longhorn hitters prevailed, tallying runs in three consecutive innings late in the game to take a lead they would not surrender in what resulted in a 6-2 loss for WVU.

 

Myers kept the Longhorn bats largely in check for the first five innings, limiting the Texas hitters to just three hits over that span, and striking out four.

In three of those five innings, he sat the Longhorns down in order.

However, Myers’ pitch count was elevated due to a number of lengthy at bats.

Meanwhile, the Mountaineer offense got the scoring started in the second inning, scoring the game’s opening run on a single up the middle by Cole Austin, who had missed the previous three games with a head injury.

Austin finished the game 2-for-4.

West Virginia added a run in the fifth.

Brandon White singled to reach base with one out, and then was driven in on a base hit by Ivan Gonzalez, giving the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead.

Myers’ luck ran out in the sixth.

A one-out error allowed Travis Jones to reach base, and a double two hitters later by Bret Boswell drove him around to score. During the ensuing at bat, a wild pitch allowed the tying run to cross home, and put the go-ahead runner on third base.

The Flower Mound-native buckled down, getting an infield pop up and a strikeout to end the inning before anymore damage could be done.

He ran into trouble again in the seventh, and would be unable to pitch his way out of it.

Texas got two runners aboard with zero outs recorded, and took the lead on a single by Patrick Mathis. The following hitter drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, giving Texas a 4-2 lead and knocking Myers out of the game.

Myers’ final stat line had six hits and five runs against him, the last of those runs coming around to score on a single by Jones after the pitching change.

The Longhorns added an insurance run in the eighth, as once again they got a pair of runners in scoring position with less than two outs. A sacrifice fly pushed the Texas lead to 6-2.

Game two of the series was moved up to 2 p.m. ET tomorrow due to inclement weather that is expected in the Austin area.

 

GAME NOTES

Team victory for Texas 

Five different players recorded RBI, and six different players scored a run, for the Longhorns Friday night

One hitter that did not drive in a run was Zane Gurwitz, who finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate, though, he did score a run in the eighth.

Rough in the Big 12 

With the loss, WVU is now just 3-7 in its last ten conference games. It also halts a four-game win streak.

With the win, Texas is 6-6 in its last 12 games against conference opponents.

 

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