Mountaineer Bats Shut Down

Maybe it was the long bus ride to College Park, or the emotional hangover from the intense doubleheader with Rutgers the day before.

Those factors, plus the opposition of an outstanding pitcher, led to a 4-0 blanking at the hands of the Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday afternoon.

With the Terps coming into the game at just 6-15 on the year, WVU figured to have a chance to start off their road trip with a win. However, Terp pitcher Steve Schmoll had other ideas, as he struck out fifteen Mountaineer batters on his way to a complete game win.

WVU managed just six hits in the contest, as Schmoll faced only 33 batters on the evening.

West Virginia's pitching effort wasn't bad, but just as in Monday's 12-3 loss to Rutgers, walks came back to haunt the WVU staff. Two Maryland batters walked in the first inning, and both of those scored to give the Terps a 2-0 lead. The base on balls smacked WVU again in the fourth, as yet another Terp with a free pass came home on Justin Maxwell's two run homer, which gave Schmoll all the cushion he needed.

WVU continues their road trip with a Friday doubleheader at conference foe Seton Hall.

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