CONWAY, S.C.–West Virginia dropped its second game of the day against VCU on Saturday night.
Earlier in the day, the Mountaineers (2-4) slugged out a 10-8 victory over Illinois. During the night cap, WVU scored five runs on 10 hits but the Rams (3-3) picked up eight runs on 13 hits.
Sophomore Kevin Brophy continued his offensive surge, going 2-for-4 with a home run. Junior Jimmy Galusky went 2-for-4 with a long ball.
Starter Alek Manoah suffered his first loss of the season. The right-hander pitched 4.2 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits. He struck out four.
The Mountaineers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Ivan Gonzalez led off the game with a base hit to left center. With two outs, Kevin Brophy reached base with a single to left field and Chase Illig reached on a walk. Tyler Doanes’ fielder choice plated Gonzalez. Then Galusky was hit by a pitch, scoring Brophy.
VCU got a run back in the bottom half when Manoah issued a bases load walk to Zac Ching. The Rams tied the game in the second on a failed pickoff attempt with runners at the corners.
In the third, VCU took a 3-2 lead but WVU responded in the fourth to tie the game on RBI single from Gonzalez, scoring TJ Lake.
Manoah tossed a 1-2-3 fourth and Brophy gave the Mountaineers a 4-3 lead with his solo shot in the top of the fifth.
However, WVU’s lead wouldn’t last long. With two outs, Manoah gave up a single and walked a batter before exiting the game. Nick Snyder walked the next two batters and the Rams picked up two runs off of wild pitches.
VCU added two more runs in the sixth, on a two-run home run, to extend their lead to 7-4.
Galusky’s home run to left field in the eighth inning brought the Mountaineers within two, at 7-5. However, the Rams got the run back, unearned, on a two-out RBI single in the bottom half.
WVU tacked on another run in the ninth but were unable to get any closer.
The Mountaineers face Costal Carolina on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. as the Brittain Resorts Invitational concludes.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS