West Virginia kicked off the 2021 season with a 5-3 win in extra innings over Georgia State on Friday but dropped both games in Saturday's doubleheader to the Panthers. The Mountaineers lost the first game 7-6 in extras and got knocked around pretty good in game two losing by a 20-4 score. At 12 p.m. today, West Virginia will look to leave with a split series and get back to .500 on the season.
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WVU starting lineup
DH Hudson Byorick
2B Tyler Doanes
LF Vince Ippoliti
1B Matt McCormick
C Paul McIntosh
RF Dominic Ragazzo
CF Victor Scott
SS Mikey Kluska
3B Kevin Brophy
Georgia State starting lineup
3B Kalen Puckett
2B Griffin Cheney
DH Elian Merejo
SS Will Mize
1B Ashby Smith
RF Dalton Pearson
LF Josh Smith
C Tanner Gallman
CF Kyle Riesselmann
WVU - Tyler Strechay (2-1, 3.07 ERA) vs GSU - Chad Treadway (0-1, 2.20 ERA)
WVU goes down in order to start the game.
Georgia State goes 1,2,3 in the first. No score after one.
McCormick doubled to left-center to start the inning.
McCormick advances to third on an error, Ragazzo safe at first.
McCormick scored on a wild pitch, Ragazzo advances to third.
West Virginia leaves bases loaded but takes a 1-0 lead.
Strechay gives up one hit but no runs in the inning. WVU remains in the lead, 1-0.
Doanes leads off the inning with a walk, but nothing going for the Mountaineers in the 3rd.
Josh Smith doubles to left center to get things started for the Panthers in the bottom half of the third.
Gallman successfully moves Smith to third on a sacrifice bunt.
Riesselmann ground out to 2nd, scores Smith.
Georgia State gets one in the inning to tie things up, 1-1.
One walk, no hits, no runs for WVU.
Griffin Cheney singled to right field for GSU.
Cheney steals third base.
Ashby Smith singles to left, scoring Cheney.
Georgia State scores one run in the inning to take a 2-1 lead.
1 walk, no hits, no runs in the inning for the Mountaineers.
Ben Hampton comes on in relief for WVU.
Smith grounds out to third.
Riesselmann struck out swinging.
Gallman out at 2nd to end the frame.
McIntosh hit by pitch.
Victor Scott reaches base on fielder's choice. McIntosh advances to third.
Scott steals second, advances to third on throwing error. McIntosh scores.
Mikey Kluska bunts for a base hit, scoring Scott.
Brophy intentionally walked.
Hudson Byorick reaches base on a fielding error by the third baseman. Brophy advances to 2nd, Klusky to third.
Ippoliti lines out to end the inning. WVU scores two to re-take the lead, 3-2.
Hampton sets down the Panthers in order, keeping the score at 3-2.
McCormick hit by pitch to start the inning.
McIntosh reaches on fielder's choice. McCormick out at 2nd.
McIntosh steals second.
GSU turns a double play by striking out Ragazzo and throwing out McIntosh attempting to steal third.
Smith grounds out to third to begin the bottom of 7th for GSU.
Pearson flies out to right field.
Three up, three down for WVU in the 8th.
Zach Ottinger taking over on the mound for the Mountaineers. Ben Hampton's day is done.
Riesselmann strikes out swinging.
Puckett advances to second on a wild pitch.
Merejo grounds into an inning-ending double play. Ottinger works out of a mini jam.
Hudson Byorick strikes out swinging to start the inning.
Doanes lines out to right field.
Ippoliti with a base knock to left field.
Ben Abernathy to pinch run for Ippoliti.
Abernathy advances to second on a wild pitch.
McCormick strikes out swinging. WVU three outs away from the win.
Watters on to close things out for the Mountaineers.
Mize with a leadoff walk for the Panthers.
Smith strikes out on a bunt attempt. One down, two to go.
Pearson strikes out swinging. Two outs.
Smith strikes out. Watters strikes out the side to win it for WVU, 3-2.
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