The West Virginia University baseball team was unable to avoid a three-game sweep on the road against Rutgers on Sunday, dropping the finale 3-1. The Mountaineers lost the opener in heartbreaking fashion on Friday, 3-2 in a walk-off loss, and fell 8-4 on Saturday.
WVU lost its fourth straight game to fall to 14-23 on the season and 3-9 in BIG EAST play. Rutgers improved to 19-15 overall and 7-5 in the conference.
The Mountaineers jumped out with the first lead of the game for the third-consecutive game. Sophomore third baseman Nate Antone drove in sophomore left fielder Matt Frazer from third base with a single in the second inning to give WVU a 1-0 lead.
Rutgers clawed back in the third inning to take a 2-1 when Joe D'Annunzio scored on a single by Nick Favatella and Favatella scored after Jeff Melillo doubled to center field.
Patrick Kivlehan added an insurance run for Rutgers as he scored on a Michael Zavala single, bringing the score to 3-1 in the sixth inning.
Junior right-hander Dan Dierdorff recorded a quality start in his fifth start of the season against Rutgers. Dierdorff pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Right-handed reliever Josh Harlow pitched the remaining 1.1 innings, striking out three without allowing a hit or walk.
The Mountaineers had seven hits on Sunday to the Scarlet Knights' five and neither team committed an error.
Rutgers starter Ryan Fasano had a stellar afternoon, finishing the afternoon with 8.2 innings pitched. Fasano allowed one run on five hits, while striking out five with no walks. Reliever Charlie Law earned the save in 0.1 innings pitched.
Junior right fielder Chris Rasky improved his batting average significantly with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate to finish the weekend 5-for-8 with one home run.
The Mountaineers conclude a five-game road swing with a midweek game at Akron on April 17 at 5 p.m. The game will be played at Munson Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
After the game with Akron, WVU returns to BIG EAST play and hosts Pitt from April 20-22 at Hawley Field.