Mountaineers drop rubber match against Jacksonville

Mountaineers drop rubber match against Jacksonville

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Mountaineers drop rubber match against Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–Jacksonville retired 19 straight batters as the Dolphins defeated No. 22 West Virginia 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.

Jacksonville (2-1) scored two runs on nine hits.

Kevin Brophy had the lone hit for the Mountaineers (1-2), a solo home run in the second inning.

Starting pitcher Mike Cassala (1-0) struck out five over six innings while walking one for the Dolphins.

Freshman Chris Mauloni relieved Cassala and sat down all nine batters he faced, including two strikeouts in the ninth, to earn his first career save.

Isaiah Kearns got the nod for WVU. He gave up one run on six hits through 2.2 innings. Kade Strowd (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering one run on three hits over 3.1 innings.

The Mountaineers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Brophy homered to right field.

However, the WVU’s lead didn’t last long. Jacksonville tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Lehane’s single up the middle scored Chris Gau from third.

Gau knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the fifth. Sam Armstrong scored on the junior’s single up the middle.

The Mountaineers face VCU on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in Conway, SC as part of the Brittain Resorts Invitational.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS

 

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