It was over almost as soon as it began.
Georgia State scored 11 runs in the first inning en route to a 20-4 battering of West Virginia and a sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader in Atlanta. The Panthers (2-1) piled up seven hits and 10 earned runs off WVU starter Jake Carr, who got only two outs against the 12 batters he faced, and added eight more against three other Mountaineer pitchers to cap a most forgettable day for WVU.
The result capped a tough day for WVU, which dropped a 7-6 decision in 10 innings in the front half of the twin bill.
Every Georgia State run in the second game was of the earned variety, as WVU hurlers combined to give up 20 hits. The ugly stats included seven Mountaineer walks, two wild pitches and five hit batters as Georgia State went 20-43 at the plate. The carnage included just one home run — a two-run job by Will Mize that capped the first inning onslaught — but saw eight different Panthers collect at least two hits, led by Ashby Smith’s 4-4 showing.
West Virginia (1-2) had four players — Ben Abernathy, Braden Barry, Victor Scott and Dominic Ragazzo — collect two hits each, but the Mountaineers didn’t get on the board until they trailed 16-0. Paul McIntosh had an RBI in the fourth, while Abernathy and Barry had back to back RBI singles in the fifth. McGwire Holbrook capped WVU’s scoring with an RBI walk in the ninth. Of West Virginia’s 11 hits, only one — a double by Barry — went for extra bases.
Only two WVU pitchers — Beau Lowery and Abernathy — were effective. Lowery struck out four against a hit and a walk in two innings, while Abernathy had a strikeout and a walk in one inning.
The game, which also featured 24 runners left on base, took 3:34 to complete.
WVU will try to even the series in a single game set for Sunday at noon. Tyler Strechay is scheduled to get the start for the Mountaineers.