The WVU baseball team had a brief lead against Texas Tech, but it wasn’t enough to hold on for a victory.
The Mountaineers fell to the Red Raiders, 8-5. Texas Tech got on the board in the bottom of the first inning and the WVU baseball team responded with three in the top of the fifth inning.
The Red Raiders wouldn’t take their two-run deficit laying down and put up four in the sixth and three in the seventh. The Mountaineers put together a nice string of runs in the ninth inning, plating a pair, but it wasn’t enough to escape Lubbock with a victory.
Texas Tech stole the series, 2-1, and the two teams will not face each other again in the regular season. West Virginia’s next Big 12 series is on April 13 at home against Oklahoma State.
Against Texas Tech, West Virginia’s Shane Ennis took the loss. He pitched well in Game 2 of the series but couldn’t find the plate in Game 3. He was charged with three earned runs in relief of starter Kade Strowd.
Strowd, a sophomore who was able to make an impact on the staff last year as a freshman, lasted four innings but surrendered one run on four hits. Sam Kessler and Braden Zarbinsky also appeared on the mound for the Mountaineers.
At the plate for the WVU baseball team, Isaiah Kerns led with two of the team’s seven hits. He also drove home a run. Zarbinsky drew a pair of bases-loaded walks to have two RBIs. Andrew Zitel added a double and Kyle Gray, Brandon White and Jimmy Galusky all had singles.
For Texas Tech, Cody Farhat, Grant Little and Brian Klein all had two hits. Dylan Dusek earned the win on the mound. He pitched two innings in relief of John Mcmillan who allowed three runs on four hits over five innings. Dusek struck out three and just allowed one hit.
The Mountaineers are now 10-14 and play again on April 3 against Penn State. This tilt against PSU is in University Park, Pa. A game later in April will take place at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.