West Virginia Has Now Lost Six Of Eight After Canisius Completes Two-Game Sweep

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia entered the midweek series against Canisius looking to build momentum for its key Big 12 weekend series. It left needing to rebuild its confidence after suffering a sweep.

The Mountaineers dropped a 7-5 in 10 innings on Tuesday, then lost 9-0 in a whitewashing that included six walks - two to force in runs - and multiple other miscues on Wednesday, their sixth loss in eight games. Besides the poor relief pitching, WVU's starting fielders managed just one hit in 20 at-bats in the game, that coming from freshman Darius Hill, and the team as a whole scattered just three singles over the nine innings. It was, head coach Randy Mazey noted, as bad a performance as he had ever seen. Whether it was lack of patience, plate approach or simply the soft-throwing left-handers Canisius trotted out, the Mountaineers largely failed to generate any kind of solid contact.

Third baseman Kyle Davis, above, details those issues, and the team's mental challenges with a three-game home set upcoming against No. 16 Oklahoma State, which leads the Big 12 ad just topped No. 15 Arkansas this week. Designated hitter Ivan Vera, below, who had one of the three hits and reached three other times on walks, speaks about his approach, and playing with teammate and fellow freshman and Texan Kyle Gray. Vera also discusses the message from Mazey following the game, and how West Virginia can refocus heading into this weekend.


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