Pitching woes result in 2nd loss to VCU
Conway, SC – The latter half of the Mountaineers double-header did not go as planned for Coach Mazey’s squad. Mazey was quoted yesterday saying, “Our defense isn’t playing well,” and that held true yet again tonight. West Virginia committed three errors along with multiple errant throws on pick off attempts that allowed base runners to advance and score.
The West Virginia bats came through for the most part as Kevin Brophy added to his impressive day at the plate with another home run (four on the day) and Jimmy Galusky belting a solo shot over the left field wall for his 2nd of the season.
The other glaring statistic is that Randy Mazey had to burn through six pitchers in this game, three of which did not pitch a full inning. Starting pitcher Alek Manoah had a shaky outing going only 4.2 IP giving up eight hits, four earned runs, walking one and striking out four. Reliever Nick Snyder came in for Manoah and struggled mightily as he walked two batters on eight pitches, including back to back wild pitches that plated two VCU base runners.
At this point, it’s all about confidence as West Virginia hopes to get back on track and knock off the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at approximately 2 p.m. Starting pitcher is yet to be determined.
WP- Sean Thompson (1-0)
LP- Alek Manoah (0-1)
Save- Mac McCarty (3)