West Virginia Spoils Chad Donato's Early Success, Loses 7-3 to Furman

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Chad Donato pitched five innings of nearly flawless baseball. But when Furman got to the right-hander in the 6th inning, the game fell apart for West Virginia in a 7-3 loss on Friday.

Donato finished allowing seven runs, all earned, on 11 hits. But as head coach Randy Mazey pointed out, Donato struck out a career-high 13, and was dominant for all but one inning. Furman, he said, began to lay off the curve and drive the first fastball it saw in the count, an approach that hadn't worked effectively the first two times through the line-up. Mazey, above, discusses that aspect, and the performance of Furman starter Will Gaddis, who scattered seven hits over eight innings to pick up the victory. Gaddis (5-2) allowed two runs and struck out four. Mazey also touched on his own offense, which failed to produce in the clutch moments despite finishing with a solid nine hits to the 12 by Furman.

Third baseman Kyle Davis, below, speaks to the hitting approach of WVU, including what he saw from Gaddis in going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Davis also details the struggles with Gaddis' cut fastball, something the Mountaineers hadn't scouted on tape. Davis also gives major credit to Donato, and acknowledges that their offense didn't capitalize during the first five innings, when Donaato struck out the side twice and, at one point, had 10 Ks against 14 hitters faced.

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