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West Virginia drops Game 3 and the Series to Cincinnati

Cincinnati – The error-filled afternoon results of the West Virginia Mountaineers (28-18, 15-9) in the series-clinching game three against the Cincinnati Bearcats (27-21, 13-11) Sunday afternoon with a final score of 8-2.

The Bearcats were aggressive at the plate and on the basepaths, leapfrogging West Virginia junior starting pitcher Aidan Major and scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Redshirt junior Kerrington Cross hit a leadoff single to right field and then stole second base, then advanced to third on a bunt by junior Lauden Brooks, who reached on an errant throw from third base, which also led to first point scored.

Senior Hunter Jessee drew a one-out walk to get two on board. Then, after a hit and run, redshirt sophomore Luke Sefcik hit a ground ball at the first base hole as Brooks rounded third base and got home safely on a low throw from junior Grant Hussey, which left sophomore catcher Logan Sauve unable to was to round up the hops. and Brooks arrived home safely.

Senior Josh Hegemann hit an RBI single to left centerfield and junior Tommy O’Conner singled through the right side to put runners on the corners. Next, with two outs, Sauve threw to second base on a late steal by O’Conner and after the run down, Hegemann scored from third base to cap a four-run first inning. Major ended the inning, but junior reliever Tyler Switalski came to the mound to start the second.

West Virginia loaded the bases in the top of the second inning, but only scored a run on a fielder’s choice RBI by sophomore Skylar King.

The Mountaineers produced a run in the third on a leadoff double by junior JJ Wetherholt. Junior Kyle West advanced Wetherholt on a groundball to first base and senior Reed Chumley hit a deep RBI sacrifice fly to left field to get WVU back within two at 4-2.

In the bottom of the inning, redshirt senior Alec Jones hit a three-run home run to extend the Bearcats’ lead to five, 7-2.

Sophomore Joseph Fredericks of West Virginia loaded the bases in the seventh with an errant throw from first base and a pair of walks before Maxx Yehl entered the game, and the first pitch was wild from the sophomore who drove in the final run of the day before the Bearcats scored and the 8-2 decision.

The Mountaineers return to action on Wednesday night when they face Penn State at Kendrick Family Ballpark. The first pitch is at 7 p.m. and the action will be broadcast on ESPN2.