WACO, Texas – The WVU baseball team was never able to overcome an early deficit, falling 11-1 to Baylor in game three of the series on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
WVU dropped the series 2-1 after defeating Baylor, 9-8, on Friday evening in the opener. The loss drops the Mountaineers to 17-15 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 play, while Baylor jumps to 16-16 overall, 5-3 in the conference.
A leadoff solo home run to left center field by Baylor’s Mitch Price was the start of a nine-run bottom of the second inning to give the Bears a 9-0 lead. Grayson Porter, Jake Miller and Brett Doe each recorded two RBIs apiece in the inning. Porter singled, while Miller and Doe each smacked doubles. Baylor finished with eight hits in the inning and was aided by one WVU error.
The Mountaineers scored their only run of the game in the top of the fourth inning as junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
hit his team leading seventh homer of the season to deep left field.
McBroom knocked two of WVU’s five overall hits in the contest.
Starting left-hander John Means
(3-2) was never able to get out of the second inning in his seventh start of the season. The sophomore allowed six runs on seven hits, walking four with one strikeout.
Austin Stone (2-2) picked up the win, allowing one run in four hits in six effective innings. Stone struck out three and walked two before coming out after the sixth inning.
Nathan Orf went 4-for-5 to lead Baylor with one run and two RBIs, while Cal Towey had three hits.
WVU has a busy week ahead with a pair of midweek games before traveling to Liberty for a non-conference weekend series. On Tuesday, the Mountaineers travel to Ohio State for a 6:35 p.m. start, before returning to Hawley Field to face Youngstown State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Links to live stats are available on WVUsports.com