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VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Bats stay hot, but WVU falls to OSU in series finale

Late runs allow Cowboys to escape with 6-4 victory

GRANVILLE, W.Va. - Through the first half of Sunday's series finale with Oklahoma State, West Virginia looked well on its way to securing its first Big 12 series win of the season.

Then, the tide turned when the Cowboys scored five runs in the sixth and seventh innings on the way to a 6-4 win at Monongalia County Ballpark. 

The Cowboys (20-13-1, 9-3) began their rally with a three-run sixth against Braden Zarbnisky, who had allowed just one run in the previous five innings. A two-run homer by Christian Funk capped the inning at tied the score at 4-4. 

The following inning, the Mountaineers (16-17, 2-7) gave up two more runs on past balls on consecutive pitches. West Virginia failed to score in the final four innings of the loss. 

While the Mountaineers managed 11 hits, head coach Randy Mazey said the defense and pitchers didn't do enough in the late innings. 

“I thought that two-run homer with two outs was the difference in the game, but we thought we competed pretty well," said Mazey. "We walked five and they walked one, that could have been the difference in the game. The runs they scored in the sixth and seventh, we walked a guy early in that inning, and that usually comes back to bite you.”

Mazey also said West Virginia's hitting was likely the biggest positive of this conference series, which may mark the end of the team's toughest stretch of the regular season. 

Zarbnisky also discussed his outing on the mound, including the Funk homer that tied the score:

West Virginia returns to action Tuesday when it faces Pitt for the second time in a week. The Mountaineers routed the Panthers 12-1 in their previous meeting. 

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