WVU Baseball Drops Road Trip Finale to Richmond 7-3
Mountaineers Baseball finished their Virginia road trip with a 7-3 loss against the Richmond Spiders on Sunday, March 5.
The Mountaineers managed three home runs, but couldn’t put the ball over the fence with runners on.
Richmond, meanwhile, blew up for a five-run sixth inning that effectively put the game away.
West Virginia took a 2-0 lead with home runs in the first and second innings. Catcher Dayne Leonard hit an opposite field blast in the first, and third baseman Caleb McNeely pulled his to left the following inning.
Richmond closed the gap to 2-1 later in the inning with a home run by left fielder Johnny Hipsman.
Hipsman singled in the fourth, coming around to score on another single that tied the game 2-2.
Second baseman JJ Wetherholt singled in the sixth. He tried to run home on a Leonard double but couldn’t beat the throw.
Robby Porco relieved Siegel to start the fifth. After a clean inning, Porco ran into trouble in the sixth .
Porco loaded the bases, then allowed an RBI single.
Carlson Reed took over, allowing a single and a double that cleared the bases as the Spiders blew the game open 7-2.
McNeely hit his second solo shot of the day in the seventh.
Logan Suave drew a pinch-hit walk to open the ninth. McNeely singled, then Grant Hussey walked with one out to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate.
Virginia native Tevin Tucker was called out looking on a 2-2 pitch to end the game.
West Virginia moves to 6-4 on the season. They’ll play their home opener against Canisius next, starting at 3pm Wednesday.