Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 4, 2014

WVU, Hokies suffer defeats on diamond

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

MORGANTOWN — Despite out-hitting their opponent 11-6, the West Virginia baseball team fell 2-0 to No. 11 Texas on Saturday afternoon at Hawley Field, evening the series at one game apiece.

In Hawley Field's final weekend, a crowd of 1,624 packed the stands, representing thethird largest attendance figure in the parks history.

The loss drops West Virginia to 25-17 overall and 8-8 within the Big 12. Texas improved to 34-14 overall on the season and 11-9 within conference play.

WVU stranded seven men in scoring position, and 12 total base runners, as they were unable to take the series win.

Ross Vance (3-1) was issued his first career loss, allowing two runs on six hits in 8.1 innings of work. Vance struck out four and walked one.

Brad Johnson and Cam O'Brien led all Mountaineers batters with three hits. Billy Fleming added two hits.

West Virginia will look to take the series tomorrow as first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game will be the final game ever played at Hawley Field, as it will also be Senior Day.

Georgia Tech 3, Virginia 1

ATLANTA — Virginia Tech saw its losing streak extended to 10 in a loss to Georgia Tech.

Virginia Tech (18-27-1) led 1-0 after three, but never scored again.

Brendon Hayden and Phil Keselica had two hits each for the Hokies, who will face the Yellow Jackets again today, followed by a Tuesday evening game at Princeton against West Virginia.

Virginia Tech out-hit Georgia Tech 7-6.

Brad Markey was saddled with the loss, dropping to 2-7 on the season.

Marshall 7, Louisiana Tech 3

CHARLESTON —  With its home winning streak on the line, Marshall baseball found its lucky number seven, rallying from behind to score seven runs in the seventh inning and defeat Louisiana Tech to clinch the series.

Eric Escobedo doubled down the left field line to begin the rally, keeping his hitting streak alive at 10 games. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run, and stolen base.

Corey Bird produced three hits, increasing his hitting streak to 13 games.

Michael Taylor picked up his third win on the year, working seven innings allowing four hits and picking up four strikeouts. Alex Thackston entered in the ninth inning and faced just three batters, striking out two to seal the victory for the Herd.