West Virginia appeared to have righted its ship after winning two of three games against Louisville, but a stunning loss to Longwood on Wednesday erased much of that good karma.

The Mountaineers yielded seven runs in the seventh inning to the visiting Lancers, and were shut out until the bottom of the ninth in a disappointing 9-2 loss. Starter Matt Yurish took the loss, and was his own worst enemy at times as he yielded seven walks in 6 1/3 innings.

The Lancers managed just a two-hit advantage (9-7) over WVU, but was far superior in the pitching department. Brian McCullough went the distance for Longwood, and did not walk a batter in his nine innings of work. West Virginia was able to muster only the two late runs against McCullough, who faced just 35 batters and struck out six.

For WVU, two hit batsmen and two errors added to the damage of the free passes, and opened the gates for the big Longwood win.

West Virginia hosts an important three game seires with Villanova this weekend before travelling to Georgetown next weekend for another three game league set. At 7-8 in the conference, the Mountaineers are tied for sixth with Rutgers, and need to win the series against the Wildcats to remain in possession of a playoff spot. The top eight teams in the final standings advance to the league tournament. Villanova, at 5-9 in the conference, is currently ninth.

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