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West Virginia can’t overcome early grand slam in 9-4 loss to Texas

The Mountaineers finish with a .500 record in conference play.

John Lowe/The Daily Athenaeum

West Virginia dropped their final regular season game of the season to Texas, 9-4.

It almost seemed like the game was doomed from the start as the Longhorns (34-20, 11-12 Big 12) hit a grand slam in the first inning.

After starter Kade Strowd loaded the bases for Texas, Kacy Clemens (son of former major league pitcher Roger Clemens) homered to left field to bring all four runs home.

The Mountaineers (32-22, 12-12) chipped away at the lead by scoring one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to cut the Longhorn lead to 4-3.

Later in the sixth inning, Clemens struck WVU again by coming home on a ground rule double. UT infielder Ryan Reynolds hit an RBI single later in the inning to once again double up the score, 6-3.

Jackson Cramer hit a home run in the eighth to cut the lead down to a manageable two runs, but Clemens and Reynolds brought in runs in the bottom half of the inning to seal the deal for the Longhorns.

With the loss, West Virginia locked up the four seed in the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City and will take on Baylor in the first round on Wednesday at 10:00 AM ET.

West Virginia took two of three against the Bears back in March.