Area roundup: WVU drops regular-season finale to Texas Tech 4-0
The West Virginia baseball team fell 4-0 to Texas Tech in the Mountaineers’ regular-season finale Saturday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas.
WVU, riding a seven-game losing streak, finished the regular season with an overall record of 27-24 and 9-14 in Big 12 play.
WVU had seven hits and stranded seven runners on the afternoon. Senior Michael Constantini and junior Brad Johnson had two hits apiece for the Mountaineers.
Adam Kirsch gave Texas Tech a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a lead-off home run, scored again on a sacrifice fly by Tim Proudfoot in the bottom of the fourth and was plated on a ground out by Proudfoot in the sixth to give the Red Raiders a 3-0 advantage. Texas Tech’s Bryant Burleson tripled and scored on a single by Tyler Neslony in the seventh.
Texas Tech starter Dylan Dusek (6-0) threw 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing five hits, striking out one and walking three. WVU starter John Means (6-2) took the loss, giving up four runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
WVU was seeded No. 6 for the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City. The Mountaineers will take on third-seeded Kansas in the first game at 10 a.m. (EST) Wednesday. The winner will take on the winner of the TCU-Baylor matchup at 4 p.m. Thursday, while the loser plays the TCU-Baylor loser at 10 a.m. Thursday.
HERD SPORTS: Marshall men’s basketball coach Dan D’Antoni announced Calvin “CJ” Burks of Hedgesville as the first signee of the 2014 recruiting class and the first in the D’Antoni coaching era with the Thundering Herd.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 20 points for Hedgesville High this past season and was named to the Class AAA all-state first team. He also was named to the all-tournament team after Hedgesville was eliminated by Hurricane in a triple-overtime semifinal contest at the state tournament.
In the quarterfinals, Burks scored a game-high 25 points in a 54-49 victory over Parkersburg South.
n Marshall scored four runs over the seventh and eighth innings but came up short, falling 10-7 to Middle Tennessee State Saturday in Murfreesboro, Tenn in the Herd’s final baseball game of 2014. The Herd’s record moves to 20-31 overall and 10-19 in Conference USA.
Marshall reliever Caleb Ross became the Herd’s all-time leader in single-season appearances with 36 after working a scoreless eighth, where he fanned two batters. Ross ended the season with a team-leading 2.29 ERA, only allowing two runs in C-USA action, and four on the season.