The Mountaineers Managed Just Four Hits In Dropping Final Series Game

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's offense was stifled by a complete game from Jensen Elliott, as the No. 16 Cowboys salvaged the final game of the weekend in an 8-1 win here Sunday.

There's little question the overall series was a success for the Mountaineers, which entered having lost six of eight and exited with a pair off wins that kept WVU in contention in the Big 12. Even better, West Virginia has now already faced league powers TCU and Oklahoma State, and sports a 4-4 conference mark entering a stretch of winnable games. But OSU flexed its muscle in the last game, getting a complete game from Elliott, a freshman, and riding a 4-for-4 performance from JR Davis, who hit for the cycle with four RBI and three runs scored.

WVU's Ivan Vera, above, details his plate approach, and how he is seeing the ball against high-level collegiate pitching. Vera had two of the four hits off Elliott - both singles - and was the only Mountaineer to touch the right-hander through the first seven innings. Vera, a freshman from Texas, raised his average to a team-best .391, however, and got his first collegiate start in place of Ray Guerrini, who was serving a mandatory one-game suspension after being ejected during Saturday's win.

Third baseman Kyle Davis, below, talks about Elliott's 131-pitch effort, and the exceptional mix of the freshman, as he blended his offspeed stuff with a solid fastball and excellent location throughout. Davis also reflects on the series as a whole, and the meaning and importance of taking two of three after a rough stretch of out of conference midweek losses.

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