Sunday was not a good last day in South Carolina for the Mountaineers.
After falling 2-1 to Illinois in the morning, West Virginia (5-3) suffered their worst loss of the season, losing 14-2 to Coastal Carolina (4-3). The two teams played a close game until the seventh inning. The Chanticleers scored 12 runs combined in the seventh and eighth innings to blow the game open.
West Virginia started the game on a good note, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. Left fielder Braden Zarbnisky singled to start the game and eventually scored on a single by catcher Paul McIntosh.
True freshman Tyler Strechay (0-1) started for the second time this season, lasting 2.1 innings. Strechay allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits. CCU scored a run off Strechay in both the first and second innings, taking a 2-1 lead.
Fellow freshman Skylar Gonzalez relieved Strechay, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings.
The score stayed at 2-1 until the bottom of the seventh inning. After pitching a scoreless sixth, Jacob Watters started the seventh but failed to record a single out, giving up a double. Zach Ottinger came in for Watters and allowed three straight batters to reach base before getting the first out of the inning on a fielder’s choice.
Maddison Jeffrey eventually closed out the inning after four runs had been scored.
The Mountaineers got one of the runs back in the top of the eighth. Zarbnisky led off with another single and was eventually driven in by third baseman Kevin Brophy.
The bottom of the eighth is when the game got away from WVU. Both Jimmy Starnes and Carter Lyles each failed to record a single out, allowing four and two runs, respectively. Tim Wynia and Brock Helverson combined to close the inning, with Helverson allowing two more runs.
The Mountaineers could not get anything going in the top of the ninth and lost 14-2. Zarbnisky was the only Mountaineer with multiple hits, going 2-4 with two runs scored. Zarbnisky leads the team on the season with 17 hits and seven runs scored.
The team will travel to Virginia for three games next weekend, playing VCU, William & Mary and Richmond.
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