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WVU Suffers Tough Loss to Penn State

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Randy Mazey gathers the Mountaineers for a post game talk after falling to Furman 7-3 on Friday evening. Randy Mazey gathers the Mountaineers for a post game talk after falling to Furman 7-3 on Friday evening.

By Chris Jackson

West Virginia’s recent spell against Penn State continued Tuesday evening at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Penn State (15-32), who despite entering with a six-game losing streak and holding a No. 227 ranking in the RPI, scored one run in the top of the ninth to salvage a 6-5 victory over the Mountaineers (27-20).

It marked Penn State’s fourth straight win over WVU.

The Mountaineers fell down 5-2, but responded with their backs against the wall. Shortstop Jimmy Galusky hit a two-run single to score Cole Austin and Darius Hill, cutting the deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth.

Two innings later, Austin would launch his sixth homer of the year to knot the score up at 5-5 and set up another thrilling finish. However, Penn State would strike last.

Reliever Jackson Sigman found early trouble to start the top of the ninth, hitting a batter and walking two. Mason Nadeau later grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring the go-ahead run to make it 6-5 in favor of the Nittany Lions and giving WVU one last chance.

After Kyle Gray and Jackson Cramer each were sent to the dugout with strikeouts, Braden Zarbnisky notched his second hit of the day with a two-out single to center. But Kyle Davis flied out to center, giving WVU its third loss in the last four games.

WVU’s offense provided plenty of opportunities, recording 11 hits compared to Penn State’s six. Cole Austin, Darius Hill, Ivan Gonzalez and Braden Zarbnisky each hit two apiece, with Hill starting the scoring in the first on an RBI single to make it 1-0 WVU.

But the Mountaineers stranded eight runners, unable to convert a number of opportunities. One of the biggest came in the seventh, as they put two on base before ending any scoring chances with a fielder’s choice.

Freshman Carter Camp made his third career start for WVU, lasting two innings after allowing a three-run home run to Penn State’s Logan Goodnight, who is also a Wheeling native.

Isaiah Kearns replaced Camp, surrendering two earned runs in 2.2 innings. Sigman pitched the remaining 4.1 runs and gave up the game-winning run in the ninth.

Both teams return to action at 7 p.m. tomorrow at PNC Park, a makeup of a March 22 game that was originally scheduled to be at Penn State. It will be WVU’s second trip to an MLB stadium in as many years, falling to the Arizona Diamondbacks last season at their Spring Training home in Scottsdale.

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