The Times West Virginian


May 16, 2014

WVU falls in extra innings at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas — Despite tying the game in the top of the ninth, the West Virginia University baseball team fell 4-3 in 11 innings at Texas Tech on Thursday evening at Rip Griffin Park, dropping its fifth straight game.

The Mountaineers fell to 27-22 overall and 9-12 in Big 12 play, finishing with nine hits and two errors. Junior shortstop Taylor Munden (2-for-5) and junior catcher Cam O’Brien (2-for-4) led WVU at the plate, each driving in one run.

Texas Tech’s Alec Humphreys singled through the left side to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Tim Proudfoot reached on a tailing fly ball to center field that junior center field Bobby Boyd dropped, allowing Humphreys to reach third base and Proudfoot to hustle to second base. Hunter Redman hit the walk-off single to left center field, easily plating Humphreys.

 Trailing 3-1 entering the ninth inning, West Virginia tied the game after senior first baseman Ryan McBroom and junior right fielder Brad Johnson were hit by pitches with one out. O’Brien doubled down the left field line to score McBroom and advance pinch runner Trevor Simms to third base. Simms then tied the game as freshman designated hitter Jackson Cramer hit an RBI ground out to second base.

 Texas Tech nearly won the game in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch by junior right-handed reliever Sean Carley, but Carley alertly tagged out Proudfoot at the plate. Proudfoot reached on a lead off walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

 Junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave (5-3) went eight innings in the no-decision, allowing three runs on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. He stranded six Texas Tech runners. Carley (5-3) took the loss, giving up one run on three hits in 2.1 innings with one walk.

 West Virginia broke the scoreless draw with an RBI triple to right center field by Munden. Senior third baseman Michael Constantini had drawn a two-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before making it 1-0 on Munden’s first triple of the season.

 Texas Tech provided some two-out magic of its own in the bottom of the sixth to tie the contest at 1-1. Eric Gutierrez sent a double to the right center field fence to score Bryant Burleson who had a double down the left field line with one out.

 Texas Tech took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh as Musgrave fired a wild pitch with the bases loaded that easily allowed Devon Conley to score.

 The Red Raider lead extended to 3-1 with a single to right field by Humphreys, scoring pinch runner Zach Davis from second base.

 Redman finished 3-for-4 with one run, while Gutierrez had two doubles and one RBI. Humphreys and Conley each had two hits.

 Texas Tech starter Corey Taylor (5-2) only went 2.1 innings in the no-decision, allowing no runs on three hit with one strikeout. Reliever Jonny Drozd (6-0) pitched effectively for 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

 The win was awarded to Cameron Smith (6-1), who struck out Cramer for the final out in the top of the 11th.

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