Texas Tech offense starts hot, earns series-opening win over WVU
Days after a huge 9-3 win over Marshall, the West Virginia baseball group was moving complete speed ahead — up until facing the wall that is No. 7 Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders’ lineup scored early and frequently, leaving the Mountaineers in the dust. Led by catcher Braxton Fulford, who went 3-for-4 at the plate with 4 RBIs, Texas Tech topped West Virginia 7-2.
Texas Tech’s offense ignited in the very first inning as Fulford linked on the 5th pitch of the video game for a triple, bringing house leadoff player Easton Murrell. Then, with Fulford on 3rd base, 2nd baseman Jace Jung doubled to bring Fulford around to rating.
West Virginia looked to counter in the second inning, loading the bases with only one out. Yet, Texas Tech starting pitcher Patrick Monteverde was able to minimize the damage, forcing a WVU strike out and ground out to end the half inning and strand the three Mountaineers.
On the mound, Monteverde pitched four no-hit innings before Matt McCormick connected for WVU’s first hit: a fifth inning single. It was one of the lone bright spots for the Mountaineers offensively, who totaled four hits through the first eight innings.
The Red Raiders added their 3rd run of the game in the fourth inning before Fulford sent a pitch over the left field fence for a two-run home run in the following inning.
The fifth inning would be Wolf’s last full inning as coach Randy Mazey soon turned to the bullpen. Wolf ended the night having gone 5 2/3 innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits. He also struck out nine batters.
West Virginia turned to reliever Daniel Ouderkirk and things continue to stay the same. The first batter he faced was Fulford, who added an RBI single to bring the rating to 6-0 and things continued to get worse.
Texas Tech added another run in the seventh after a WVU wild pitch and throwing error, which was then followed up by another scoreless bottom half at the plate for the Mountaineers.
Monteverde was pulled following the seventh inning, ending the night having allowed just two hits and 3 walks while striking out seven. The Mountaineers attempted to capitalize on the turn to the bullpen but, after getting two runners on base, a double play put an end to the inning and left West Virginia scoreless.
The Mountaineers included two runs in the bottom of the ninth but came nowhere close to matching the Red Raiders, ultimately resulting in the 7-2 final score.
At the plate, WVU’s leader was catcher Paul McIntosh. He finished the video game going 2-for-4 at the plate with two doubles.
Up Next: West Virginia will host Texas Tech for two more games: Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
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