MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – No. 11 Texas Tech baseball suffered its fourth one-run loss in league play as a walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth allowed West Virginia to take a 4-3 win Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Red Raiders (22-11, 5-6) held a brief 3-2 lead in the fifth after a two-run single from freshman Cole Stilwell, but the Mountaineers (22-12, 6-5) tied it in their half of the fifth before a bases-loaded walk to Marques Inman allowed Tevin Tucker to come home for the deciding run.
Right-hander Taylor Floyd (2-3) was outstanding in relief, striking out six over 3.1 frames with two hits. Tech's pitching staff had given up only two walks entering the ninth before Floyd allowed a free pass to the leadoff man in Tucker.
Lefty Dane Haveman spelled Floyd after the walk, and allowed an infield single to put runners at first and second. He struck out the next batter, but the Mountaineers were able to move both runners up a base with a double steal. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Inman drew a walk off Tech closer Clayton Beeter to secure the series win for the Mountaineers.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first, the Red Raiders were able to battle back with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to gain their first lead of the series.
Senior Cameron Warren got Tech on the scoreboard with an RBI groundout in the fourth that scored sophomore Dylan Neuse from third. Neuse had walked and moved to second on a wild pitch before Klein moved him to third with a ground out to the right side. With one out, Warren was able to deliver for his Big 12-leading 41st RBI of the season to make it 2-1.
Stilwell, who led the charge offensively for Tech by going 3-for-4 with a double, drove in a pair one inning later. Freshman Max Marusak led off the frame with a single, then a base hit and stolen base from sophomore Gabe Holt put runners at second and third. That set up Stilwell who ripped a single to left to score Marusak and Holt easily.
Holt followed his three-hit game from Friday with two more on Saturday while adding two stolen bases. The Red Raiders, however, are hitting .200 as a team for the series after entering the weekend as the nation's No. 10 scoring offense. Also ranked among the nation's best in base on balls, Tech has been able to manage only two off the West Virginia pitching staff through two games.
Mountaineer starter Jackson Wolf gave up all three runs for the Mountaineers in 4.1 innings of work. Four WVU relievers would combine to surrender just one more hit and three Red Raiders to reach base safely for the remainder of the day.