Early deficits were the problem all weekend long in Morgantown for Texas. They were down 4-1 on Friday, 5-0 on Saturday, 7-1 on Sunday.
The Mountaineers outhit Texas 15-5 on Friday. UT did take the early lead in that game in the second on a Zane Gurwitz home run to deep right center. After that, West Virginia took a strangle hold on the game by putting up four runs in the third, another run in six, and three runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings, including a pinch-hit two-run homer from Kyle Davis in the eighth. The Longhorns would put up a second run in the game in top of the seventh on a Jake McKenzie sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-2 but it did not last long, as WVU would win game one 9-2.
After WVU jumped out to the early 5-0 lead on starter Ty Culbreth, Texas would come back to tie the game at 6-6 in the top of the fifth. They would get two runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings getting production from Travis Jones, Joe Baker, a Tres Barrera home run, Kody Clemens, and Jake McKenzie. Clemens would have three RBI’s in that stretch including a two-run double scoring his brother Kacy and Barrera to help Texas tie the game at 6. West Virginia would answer back with two of their own in the bottom half of the fifth and then the Horns would get one back in the sixth. That would finish the scoring for Texas as the Mountaineers would finish the game with six unanswered runs to end the game winning 14-7 and clinching the series.
After falling behind early in the game 7-1 after two innings, Texas would do their best to make it a game. Zane Gurwitz was the main force to be dealt with on Sunday as he scored the first run of the game for Texas after he knocked a double in the second inning. He would then hit his second HR of the weekend cutting the WVU lead to 7-4 in the third inning. UT would then cut it to 7-5 in the fourth inning when Travis Jones would hit a sacrifice fly scoring Bret Boswell to make it 7-5 in the fourth inning. West Virginia would answer with one run in the fourth and another in the sixth and win the game 9-5. On top of Gurwitz’s performance., Texas’ Patrick Mathis had a 4-5 day with a run scored.
Texas will take the entire next week off so players can focus on finals. They will next take the field on May 17 at home against Texas State.
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