Walks Aid TCU In Sunday’s Victory Over West Virginia
The West Virginia University baseball team lost the final game of a three-game series at TCU, 8-5 on Sunday afternoon.
On a hot afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas, the Mountaineers (26-23, 8-13 Big 12) were held to five runs on eight hits. The Horned Frogs (29-19, 10-10 Big 12) scored eight runs on four hits. The teams traded runs in the second and WVU scored again in the third and fourth, but TCU scored three in the bottom of the third and added single runs in the seventh and eighth after West Virginia cut the deficit to one, at 6-5, in the sixth.
Freshman third baseman Tyler Doanes had a team-high-tying two hits with three RBIs. He hit his first career home run, an inside-the-park homer in the fourth inning. It was WVU’s first inside-the-park home run since March 5, 2017.
Junior shortstop Jimmy Galusky also homered. It was seventh of the season and 12th in his career, both second-most on the team.
Sophomore right-handed starter Isaiah Kearns suffered the loss and falls to 3-3 on the season. In 3.0 innings, he allowed four runs on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
West Virginia scored first for the 29th time this season to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. The run came courtesy of a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Ivan Gonzalez. It scored sophomore first baseman Marques Inman, who led off the inning with a single.
TCU answered to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning, on an RBI groundout.
Both teams again scored in the third. Galusky’s leadoff home run provided WVU’s offense before TCU scored three to take a 4-2 lead on a throwing error and two-run home run by AJ Balta.
West Virginia responded right back with a run in the fourth to make it a one-run game, at 4-3, thanks to Doanes’ inside the park home run.
With junior left fielder/right-hander Braden Zarbnisky on the mound after a pair of leadoff walks, the Horned Frogs extended their lead to 6-3 in the fifth, on two bases-loaded walks.
Again though, the Mountaineers answered right back with two runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to one, 6-5. Junior right fielder Darius Hill led off the inning with a single and junior second baseman followed with another single to put runners on the corners. Doanes delivered again, with a two-RBI double to left-center.
Zarbnisky then pitched a perfect bottom of the sixth, and TCU scored one in the seventh on a sacrifice fly. That made it a 7-5 game, but sophomore reliever Sam Kessler got a strikeout to end the inning and leave a runner on second.
TCU added a run in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk to extend its lead to 8-5, and West Virginia was retired in order in the top of the ninth
NOTES: West Virginia falls to 26-23 on the season and 8-13 in Big 12 play … West Virginia scored first for the 29th time this season … Jimmy Galusky homered in the third inning, his seventh of the season and 12 of his career, both which are second-most on the team … Tyler Doanes hit his first career home run in the fourth inning, an inside-the-park home run … It is WVU’s first inside-the-park home run since March 5, 2017 … Darius Hill extended his career-long reached-base streak to 25 games.