The West Virginia University baseball team fell 26-11 to Villanova on Friday evening at Hawley Field in the second game of the BIG EAST series.
WVU dropped to 13-19 (2-6 BIG EAST) after scoring 11 runs on 16 hits with five errors, while Villanova improved to 16-16 (3-5 BIG EAST), and scored 26 runs on 17 hits with two errors.
Matt Fleishman led Villanova at the plate, batting 3-for-6 with two doubles, three runs, five RBIs. Connor Jones and Adam Nelson each had four hits, with Nelson scoring four runs and Jones driving four in. Tyler Sciacca also scored four runs after being walked four times.
After going down 2-0 in the top of the first, WVU chipped away in the bottom of the inning and took the 4-2 lead on six hits. Sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom drove in three with his fourth home run of the season to center field, driving in junior second baseman Brady Wilson and freshman center fielder Bobby Boyd. Sophomore Matt Frazer followed suit with a full-count home run to right field, bring the scoring to 4-2. It was the second time in as many weekends that McBroom and Frazer went back-to-back.
Frazer, Boyd, McBroom and junior right fielder Chris Rasky all finished with three hits apiece. Frazer scored one and drove in three, while McBroom scored two and knocked in five. Boyd crossed the plate twice and walked three times.
WVU starter Zach Bargeron took the loss in his first career start, lasting 1.1 innings. Bargeron allowed five runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Five WVU relievers combined to finish the game for the Mountaineers.
Kevin MacLachlan earned the win for Villanova, pitching 5.2 innings, while allowing two runs on six hits. Starter Stephen Ostapeck was chased early, pitching just 0.1 of an inning, allowing four runs on six hits.
The teams will reconvene tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m., for the rubber match at Hawley Field. Left-hander Marshall Thompson will get the start for the Mountaineers, while right-hander Pat Young takes the hill for the Wildcats. The game will be a Dollar Day, where all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas are available for purchase for just one dollar.