OKLAHOMA CITY (May 23, 2014) – In an elimination game in the 2014 Big 12 Baseball Championship, the No. 6 seed West Virginia University baseball team fell to the No. 7 seed Baylor, 9-4, on Friday night in Oklahoma City.
The seventh inning proved costly for the Mountaineers (28-26). With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Baylor (26-30) was able to score five runs on just two hits in the frame.
West Virginia had an opportunity to get out of the inning with the bases loaded and one out, but a WVU throwing error on a potential inning-ending double play ball led to the offensive outburst by the Bears.
Ross Vance got the start for the Mountaineers, while registering a quality start. Vance pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just two runs and scattering five Baylor hits.
WVU wasn’t able to get much going offensively against the Bears’ starter Nick Lewis. Lewis, who was making only his third start of the season, surrendered just two hits in six innings of work.
Offensively for West Virginia, Jacob Rice tallied two hits (2-for-4), while Billy Fleming, Ray Guerrini and Justin Fox each chipped in an RBI.
The Mountaineers struck first in the bottom of the first off the second-career home run by Fleming. The solo shot gave West Virginia a 1-0 advantage after the first frame.
Baylor recorded solo home runs of its own in the fourth and fifth innings from Brett Doe and Aaron Dodson to grab a 2-1 lead. The Bears were able to get runners on first and second with one out in the fifth, before Vance forced a second inning-ending double play of the game.
WVU was able to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Taylor Munden drew a leadoff walk to start the inning. Munden then stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by Baylor. A Boyd sacrifice fly on the next pitch brought Munden around to score and tied the game, 2-2.
Later in the sixth, Rice doubled down the left field line, but Ryan McBroom was tagged out at the plate and the game remained tied.
The Bears erupted for five runs in the seventh, then added two more in the eighth.
West Virginia was able to add two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but its comeback attempt came up short.