WVU Baseball’s Winning Streak Ends with 15-5 Blowout Loss at Arizona
West Virginia’s four game winning streak came to an end Sunday, as the Mountaineers were blown out 15-5 in the desert of Arizona.
The Wildcats responded with gusto each time West Virginia tried to mount a comeback, counter punching faster than the Mountaineers could keep up.
Mountaineers second baseman JJ Wetherholt opened the scoring with an opposite field home run.
The lead didn’t last long. With Arizona center fielder Mac Bingham at the plate and runners at the corners, West Virginia starter Grant Siegel balked in a run. Bingham slugged a homer later in the at-bat to take a 3-1 lead.
The Wildcats hit three doubles in the second inning to score a pair of runs, and a sacrifice fly RBI in the third stretched the lead to 6-1.
The margin stayed the same in the fourth inning, with each team plating a run to make it 7-2. Outfielder Sam White hit a leadoff double, and third baseman Ellis Garcia singled him home. Freshman Robby Porco replaced Siegel in the home half.
First baseman Grant Hussey led off the fifth with a home run. Wildcats’ starter Bradon Zastrow hit Wetherholt with a pitch. Wetherholt responded by stealing second and third, then White singled him home to chase Zastrow from the game and make it 7-4.
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West Virginia gained an inch: Arizona took a yard.
Porco gave up three singles to begin the inning, then tallied a strikeout to end his day. Head coach Randy Mazey brought in redshirt senior Noah Short to induce a double play, but Short allowed a two-run single instead. The Mountaineers walked left-handed slugger Chase Davis to bring up Bingham, a righty. The gamble failed when Bingham slugged his second home run of the day, this one a three-run blast. The onslaught continued with another RBI single that made it 13-4.
Bingham added his seventh RBI of the day with a sixth inning sacrifice fly that scored two runs, putting the Mountaineers in a 15-4 hole.
West Virginia moves to 4-3 on the season. Up next is a scrimmage against MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, which will take place at the D-Backs spring training facility starting at 8:40 pm ET on Monday.