The West Virginia Mountaineers couldn’t find their offense tonight and their emotions kept them from being able to mount a comeback against the Duke Blue Devils in the second game at the Morgantown Regional, falling 4-0. A scary situation in the first inning after starting pitcher Alek Manoah recorded two quick outs, Duke doubled down the line then launched a long fly ball to center and junior center fielder Brandon White tracked the ball before tripping and crashing head first into the outfield wall. White lay motionless for several minutes as trainers attended to him before waiving off the cart and remaining in the game.
Duke would score two runs in the first inning. In the third inning, controversy ensued Alek Manoah induced a ground ball with the bases loaded and threw to catcher Ivan Gonzalez. The original play was ruled an out. The umpires reviewed the play and eventually overturned the play. Head coach Randy Mazey stormed out and eventually was tossed from the game. A fan was top of the dugout stomping around like 90s iconic wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin about the call. He was also ejected.
Duke pitcher Bryan Jarvis dazzled tonight as he threw 8 innings and struckout 11 Mountaineer batters. He allowed 6 hits and only 1 walk.
The Mountaineers will face Texas A&M tomorrow at noon in a do-or-die elimination game. If they win, they will need to beat Duke at 6 and again on Monday if they hope to advance to Super Regionals.