OKLAHOMA CITY–The West Virginia University baseball team dropped its first game of the Big 12 Tournament 8-1 on Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Horned Frogs (32-22) out-pitched the Mountaineers (28-26) in what started as a pitcher’s duel but later turned ugly.
Sophomore starter Isaiah Kearns pitched 5.0 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits. He fanned five and walked three.
Brandon White had two hits.
In the second, TCU took a 1-0 lead. Kearns gave up a leadoff triple to Johnny Rizer, who scored on Zach Humphreys’ sacrifice fly.
WVU tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth when Ivan Gonzalez plated Marques Inman on an RBI groundout to shortstop Adam Oviedo.
In the fifth inning, the Horned Frogs regained the lead after Kearns issued three singles and A.J. Balta’s sacrifice fly made it 2-1.
Things turned sour for the Mountaineers in the seventh when WVU stranded a runner in scoring position and a four-run bottom half gave TCU a 6-1 lead. With bases loaded and no outs a two-run double and a base hit put the Horned Frogs in business.
TCU added two more runs in the eighth.
The Mountaineers play No. 3 Texas Tech in a do or die game Friday at 8 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS