STILLWATER, Okla. —
The West Virginia University baseball dropped its fifth consecutive game with a 5-0 loss to No. 16 Oklahoma State on Friday evening at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With one game remaining in the regular season, WVU sits in fifth place in the Big 12 standings at 30-25 overall and 12-11 in Big 12 play. The win improves Oklahoma State’s record to 39-13 and 13-9, moving it into second place.
Oklahoma State left-hander Tyler Nurdin pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Sophomore left-hander John Means (4-4) dropped his fourth game of the year despite allowing just one hit entering the fifth inning. Means surrendered four runs, two earned, on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks in 4.1 innings.
Errors caught up to WVU in the bottom of the fifth as two errors led to a five-run frame for Oklahoma State. A two-run single to right field by Donnie Walton highlighted the inning, as well as a double down the left field line by Randy McCurry. Means recorded a throwing error while fielding a sacrifice bunt with no outs, and junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland allowed a runner to reach base on a throwing error .
Just a half-inning prior, West Virginia loaded the bases with one out, but was unable to bring home the game’s first run as Nurdin worked out of the jam.
The Mountaineers offense only had four hits and suffered its sixth shutout of the year. Redshirt junior designated hitter Matt Frazer, senior catcher Alan Filauro, sophomore shortstop Taylor Munden and sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd each had a base knock on Friday night.
Game three is set for Saturday at 4 p.m.