The West Virginia Mountaineers and TCU came into this series atop the Big 12 in terms of overall record, but the seventh-ranked Horned Frogs created a chasm of space between themselves and the visiting Mountaineers this weekend, sweeping WVU on the heels of an offensive explosion in the series finale this afternoon; a 14-2, seven inning conquest.
For the second time this series, West Virginia jumped out to an early lead with a two-run top of the first, but TCU wasted no time answering the bell, throwing up a four-spot in the bottom half after a grand slam by Luken Baker off WVU starter BJ Myers.
Myers lasted just the first inning, and was saddled with the loss after giving up those first four runs on three hits. He faced eight TCU hitters in the opening frame.
Head coach Randy Mazey used six pitchers in six innings of action today, four of which gave up two or more runs. Shane Ennis and Blake Smith came in to work the fifth and six innings, respectively, and got through those frames unscathed.
The other Mountaineer hurlers were at the mercy of TCU’s high powered offense, which scored 31 runs in the three games this weekend.
After being virtually shut down, and held to just two hits yesterday, West Virginia’s offense was able to put together eight hits today but was fighting an uphill battle from the jump in the series finale.
West Virginia, which had not lost back-to-back games coming into this series, fell for the third-straight day and saw its overall record drop to 10-7. The opening conference series of the year sent the Mountaineers home licking their wounds with an 0-3 Big 12 mark.
There were a few bright spots for West Virginia on the day, as sophomore Kyle Davis extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 games with a third inning single. First baseman Jackson Cramer also extended his on-base streak to 37 consecutive games with a sixth inning single.
Now, the grind of the season really begins, as West Virginia will play mid-week non-conference matchups sandwiched between league tilts on the weekend. The Mountaineers will be in action next when they travel to take on Penn State Tuesday, before heading back out on the road for a three-game set with Kansas next weekend.