PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 14, 2012) - The West Virginia University baseball team fell 8-4 in game two of the series at Rutgers on Saturday.
The loss dropped WVU to 14-22 overall and 3-8 in BIG EAST play while Rutgers improved to 18-15 and 6-5. The Scarlet Knights' win also clinched the series with Sunday's finale slated for 1 p.m.
Despite the loss, WVU out-hit the Scarlet Knights 12-9. Junior right fielder Brady Wilson led the team with three hits, scoring one run, while freshman center fielder Bobby Boyd, freshman second baseman Billy Fleming and sophomore third baseman Nate Antone each added two hits for the Mountaineers.
WVU jumped on top for the second straight game after Wilson and Boyd led off the game with back-to-back singles. A ground out by sophomore left fielder Matt Frazer gave WVU a 1-0 lead.
Rutgers blew open the game in the bottom of the inning, scoring five runs to take a 5-1 lead after sending 12 men to the plate. A two-run double to center field by Charlie Law scored Patrick Kivlehan and Steve Zavala to highlight the attack.
That was the end of the afternoon for starting left-hander Marshall Thompson, who could not find his control, walking three and allowing three earned runs on four hits in 0.2 innings pitched. Right-hander Austin Pressly relieved Thompson and got the next batter to fly out to end the first inning.
Pressly was a bright spot for West Virginia as he pitched 6.1 innings of relief and allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Right-hander Pen Nakazato finished the afternoon for WVU, putting away the final two Rutgers batters.
In the top half of the fourth, the Mountaineers brought the score to 5-3 as freshman designated hitter scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Antone scored Fleming.
Rutgers added one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to extend the lead to 8-3, putting the game out of reach for the Mountaineers.
Rob Smorol pitched seven effective innings in the start for the Scarlet Knights. Smorol allowed three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Sunday's finale is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch at Bainton Field. Live stats will be available on MSNsportsNET.com, while the game will be broadcast on WRSU.Rutgers.edu.