The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

May 17, 2014

Texas Tech completes series sweep over WVU

West Virginia University’s hopes of an NCAA baseball tournament appearance are growing slimmer by the day.

The Mountaineers, in great shape to land a tournament berth 10 days ago, fell 4-0 to Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park, completing a Red Raiders’ series sweep and marking WVU’s seventh straight loss to close the regular season.

Almost a lock before getting swept on the road at Kansas last weekend, WVU will now likely need to make a run in this week’s Big 12 tournament in order to earn an at-large spot. The Mountaineers finished the regular season with an overall record of 27-24 and a 9-14 mark in Big 12 play.

West Virginia finished with seven hits Saturday but stranded seven runners on base, a theme in the series with the Red Raiders.

Adam Kirsch gave Texas Tech a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a leadoff home run over the left field fence, his second solo blast in as many days.

Kirsch then scored to make the score 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly to center field by Tim Proudfoot. Kirsch was plated for the third time on a Proudfoot double play in the bottom of the sixth that made the score 3-0.

Bryant Burleson added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh after hitting a triple to the right field wall. Tyler Neslony plated Burleson on a single up the middle.

Five Texas Tech batters had two hits apiece. Kirsch went 2-for-3 with one home run, one RBI and three runs.

Texas Tech starter Dylan Dusek (6-0) stayed undefeated, throwing 6 2-3 shutout innings and allowing five hits. Dusek struck out one and walked three.

The loss went to junior left-hander John Means (6-2) in 6 1-3 innings of work. Means gave up four runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

The Mountaineers now head to the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. WVU will take on Kansas in the first game of the tournament Wednesday at 10 a.m. The game will be televised on affiliates of Fox College Sports.

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