In a game that likely would have locked up a NCAA Regional hosting bid, the Mountaineers just couldn’t get it done, falling to Texas Tech 10-3.
Randy Mazey burned both of the starting pitchers remaining in the rotation with Kade Strowd pitching the first four-plus innings before Jackson Wolf came in for some relief. They combined for all 10 Red Raider runs on eight (yes, eight) hits and three hit batsman.
TJ Lake highlighted the day offensively with a home run in the fourth inning before the run-scoring dam burst for Texas Tech.
While the loss doesn’t eliminate West Virginia from an NCAA regional hosting bid or the Big 12 Tournament, but it does make beating the Red Raiders in the “if necessary” game tonight all the more important. With North Carolina and LSU making strong pushes for hosting bids, the Mountaineers can’t afford another slip up.
WVU and Texas Tech will play again later tonight about 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Oklahoma State-TCU game, likely around 7 or 7:15 p.m.