On an evening in which the Mountaineers struggled to produce at the plate, starting pitcher Sean Carley turned in a dominating performance. The junior right-hander struck out nine Aztecs while walking none and scattering seven hits, but three WVU errors and a decision to go for a tough double play in the bottom of the tenth dropped the Mountaineers to 2-3 on the season.
Carely's performance was matched by that of Aztec Starter Bubba Derby, who struck out seven Mountaineers and walked just one in eight innings of work. His sole blemish came in the bottom of the sixth, when Taylor Munden and Ryan McBroom paired doubles to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
WVU allowed the tying score one inning later when Carley was unable to cleanly field a grounder back to the mound. His rushed throw to first went past McBroom and allowed Steven Pallares to score from second.
Mistakes also figured heavily in SDSU's winning run in the tenth. WVU reliever Trevor Simms hit two batters, which, coupled with an intentional walk, loaded the bases with one out. Aztec Tyler Anderson then hit a grounder to third, but rather than going home for the sure out, Justin Fox elected for a try at an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play. The throw on the turn from second to first was just late, allowing Tim Zier to score the winning run.
WVU had its worst offensive outing of the season, recording just five hits in the contest. Much of that was due to the excellence of Derby, who engaged in a tremendous duel with Carley. No Mountaineer manged more than one hit off three three Aztec pitchers, but WVU did leave six runners on base.
West Virginia reliever Trevor Simms worked 2 1/3 innings after replacing Carley, and was charged with the loss after allowing two hits, a walk and hitting two batters.
The deciding game of the series will begin Sunday at 3:00 p.m. eastern, with John Means expected to take the hill for WVU. Means is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA this year. He struck out three batters and walked none in West Virginia's win over The Citadel last Sunday. RIFLE REPORTS>
Billy Fleming continues to lead WVU in hitting with a .526 average. Ryan McBroom tops WVU isn average (.429) slugging (.762) and RBI (nine).
Carley's no-decision was his second such unfair outcome of the season. The Saturday starter has not allowed an earned run this year and has struck out 14 hitters while yielding an opponent batting average of .191. He has not walked a batter in 13 innings of work.