Big Inning Leads to WVU Loss

West Virginia shut down Stony Brook for eight of the nine innings in Sunday's rubber game of a three game set, but some sloppy play in the sxith frame set the stage for the visitors to grab the series with a 6-1 win.

Stony Brook used three walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball and an error to help them plate six runs int he sixth inning, then shut the Mountaineers down the rest of the way to record a 6-1 win at Hawley Field. All six of the runs were unearned, as critical defensive errors and some breakdowns in the pitching game again haunted the struggling Mountaineers.

Before the outburst, the game was a pitchers' duel, with WVU's Travis McGrath and Stony Brook's Kevin Fitzgerald allowing just two hits each over the first five innings.

In the sixth, however, the aforementioned fumbles, along with a two-run single by Dave Mixcho and a two-run double by Andrew Larsen broke the game open for the visitors.

WVU tried to rally in the bottom of the inning, but the Mountaineers wasted an opportunity by first laying down a sacrifice bunt while trailing by six runs, then seeing Grant Psomas get cut down at home plate while trying to score on a Stan Posluszny single. The Mountaineers managed to score their only run of the game by loading the bases with one out in the eighth, but WVU could manage only two infield ground balls that produced a run via a fielder's choice.

WVU, now 4-9 on the season, hosts Duquesne for a single game Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Hawley Field.

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