West Virginia baseball sweeps series from Marshall
19 Abril, 2017, 18:12
No matter what Marshall University tried Tuesday night, the Thundering Herd baseball team couldn't get over the hump against No. 21 West Virginia. "We left some guys in scoring position with less than two outs and we didn't do a good enough job to drive them in".
Marshall (18-18) left nine runners on base and missed on numerous opportunities to produce runs in prime situations.
There was plenty of excitement, but each time Marshall rallied to get back in the contest in the middle innings, the Mountaineers were right there to push the lead back to a comfortable margin.
The Mountaineers surrendered a 4-1 lead against the Horned Frogs in the series opener on Friday, but were bailed out by a walk-off sacrifice fly from sophomore catcher Ivan Gonzalez, giving WVU a 5-4 win. Despite throwing just 59 pitches up to this point in the season, Troutt threw 69 on Tuesday night - pitching the final four innings, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out four to pick up his first career victory.
Marshall and West Virginia played in front of 4,217 at Power Park. Leo Valenti's base hit to center field knocked in Tommy Lane. After a WVU error plated another Marshall run, Troutt got Marshall's Cory Garrastazu to line out to left field to end the threat. "We grinded out runs when we needed them". "We just didn't produce tonight".
"We went into this season saying "Hey, we're out to prove something", " Mazey said.
Last week WVU's bullpen, made up of mostly freshmen, earned some of this expensive experience, as it gave up a three-run lead or larger in three of the team's four games.
"That's more pitches than he's thrown this whole season, but his stuff didn't back off at all and he was still fresh and throwing well", Mazey said. West Virginia had runners on second and third, as Ray was called for a balk, allowing Jackson Cramer to score.
West Virginia (22-13) led from the start as the bats jumped on Ray early, tagging him for a pair of runs in the top of the first on three hits.
The Mountaineers opened the scoring in the first inning, putting a couple of runs across the plate thanks to singles from Darius Hill and Jimmy Galusky.
The Mountaineers added another insurance run in the ninth.
In the top of that inning, Gonzalez drilled a ground-rule double to forge the two-run lead, but caught a bit of a bad break with the ball hopping over the wall, which took a run off the board. On the play, Brandon White was sent back to third and he wouldn't cross the plate. After Gray walked with one out, Gonzalez homered to left field to make it 7-4, WVU.