terre haute, ind. — The West Virginia Miners let another one get away.
After the Miners took the lead with an eight-run sixth inning, Terre Haute scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 12-11 win and sweep of the two-game series Sunday night.
West Virginia led 11-8 before the Rex rallied without the benefit of a hit.
Reliever Nick Turnbull (0-1) walked Drew Decker, Ethan Hunter and Justin Jenkins to load the bases with nobody out. Will Hayes then reached safely on a fielder’s choice, allowing Decker to score and make it 11-9.
Another walk to Austin Weiler drove in Hunter to make it a one-run game before A.J. Fritz flied out in foul territory for the first out.
Brendan Sher then walked — the fifth of the inning — to score Jenkins and tie it at 11-11.
Brett McCleary then lifted a 1-2 pitch that was caught in center field, but Hayes tagged up and scored the game-winning run.
The Miners trailed 8-3 before seemingly taking control in the sixth. A two-run triple by Trent Shelby and three-run homer from Matt Rubayo, his third of the year, highlighted the inning.
Jake Armentrout (1-0) got the win in relief for Terre Haute, the reigning Prospect League champion. He allowed one hit, struck out four and walked three in three scoreless innings in his first appearance of the season.
West Virginia lost its third straight. In all three losses, the Miners led after the fifth inning and have slipped to 1-9 on the season.
The Miners are off today before starting a thee-game series against the Normal CornBelters Tuesday at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.