BECKLEY, W.Va. — West Virginia let a two-run seventh-inning lead slip away and fell 6-5 to Marshall on a night when Mountaineers coach Randy Mazey rested several regulars.

Tuesday’s loss in front of 2,103 fans at Linda K. Epling Stadium was the third in a row for WVU (30-23), which dropped two of three in the season series to the Thundering Herd (20-31).

The game came at an inconvenient time for the Mountaineers, who were scheduled to fly out of Pittsburgh at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning en route to Stillwater, Okla., where on Thursday they’ll begin a three-game series against Oklahoma State to wrap up the Big 12 regular season.

Mazey opted to rest catcher Alan Filauro and leadoff-hitting shortstop Taylor Munden, while the Mountaineers’ starting outfield of Jacob Rice, Bobby Boyd and Brady Wilson all remained in Morgantown.

Even shorthanded, WVU led 5-3 in the seventh after right fielder Chris Rasky, starting in place of Wilson, doubled home Ryan McBroom with an insurance run.

But Josh Harlow (4-2), working his second inning in relief of Brock Dykxhoorn, couldn’t close down Marshall in the bottom half.

After Andrew Dundon’s leadoff double to center, Grey Stafford walked and Isaac Ballou singled to load the bases. Nathan Gomez lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 5-4. Harlow struck out Eric Escobedo looking for the second out, but Alfredo Brito doubled into the right-field gap for the tying and go-ahead runs.

Ballou led all batters with three hits, three runs and two doubles, while Gomez, Escobedo and Brito each recorded two hits and two RBIs.

West Virginia was led by sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming and Chris Rasky with two hits apiece.

A two-out RBI single by Matt Frazer put West Virginia ahead 1-0 in the first before and Marshall’s Nathan Gomez countered with a two-out RBI of his own in the last of the first.

Junior center fielder Kevin Cohen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded hit by Alex Thackston’s pitch to put WVU ahead 2-1 in the top of the second, followed by Fleming’s double off the left-field wall by Fleming, extending the Mountaineers’ lead to 4-1.

That was the end for Thackston, who failed to record an out in the second, but Chase Boster delivered five-innings of shutout middle relief to keep Marshall within distance.

Ballou scored another run in the third inning, while Escobedo singled home Gomez in the fifth inning, cutting the WVU lead to 4-3.

Dykxhoorn made his first start in two weeks and allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings for the Mountaineers.

Marshall’s Ryan Hopkins (4-2) earned the victory for Marshall after getting the final out in the top of the seventh. Matt Hummel pitched a hitless eighth for the Herd before Josh King picked up his sixth save with a perfect ninth.

The Mountaineers, who sit two games back of Kansas State in the Big 12 standings, will face Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and the same time again Friday, a matchup that will be televised by Fox College Sports. Saturday’s regular-season finale begins at 4 p.m.

All three games can be heard on the affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network with Morgantown’sWAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.

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  • Charles

    The writer didn't mention it because the herd may not even make the conference USA tournament while Mazey chose to rest players because wvu is fighting for first. Marshall screwed the pooch on their season earlier in charleston against wvu. Going out of rotation to pitch their no 1 to beat wvu. Lost like the next 6 straight or more. While wvu stayed the course and won a big 12 series that weekend. No excuses. Just coaching. Difference between season already being over and the other fighting for first.

  • Chef Camille

    Wait these guys play in Beckley then bus to PIA to fly to OKC to play. They could not fly out of Charleston or Roanoke or even Charlotte? 5-6 HOURS TO PIA. Wow great travel schedule. You got to love this arrangement.

  • pc

    By the way, the writer forgot to note that game time was just as inconvenient for the Herd as they have to go to Houston to play a series with Rice starting on Thursday. At least Mazey has learned the CYOA game. Typical mountie arrogance and poor sportsmanship!!

    • cutty77

      See Marshall Fans don't even know how to win.Still complaing about something.The Big 12 is just a little more important than playing Marshall. You wonder why WVU never wants to play Marshall in anything.

      • pc

        Not complaining, just noting the same scheduling issue applies to both. Mazey should have just moved on without making petty excuses. Maybe blue and gold people like you should wonder why schools like Penn State, Va Tech, etc. don't want to play WVU in anything!!

  • Mountainman

    Great looking swing in the photo above by Dundon...... and gotta' say the Herd's uniform choice from top to bottom looks great.

    Nice comeback and good win for "The Herd"..... now, go suck an egg. (JK... wink)

  • richard

    i agree the best way (now) is to win the tournament, but if we beat marshall and then sweep OSU we still had a chance for the bid. i would think you would want to win every game. and to leave 4 players at morgantown? sounds to me like he gave this game away and players pay attention to this thinking.

  • cutty77

    Marshall always gets up for WVU. Big deal,who cares. At least Marshall wont complain because WVU was dodging them. Marshall go back to Huntington and your Pony League Field.

  • hailey

    Richard you are spot on, come on Mazey.... no one else to blame.

    I was listening WVU's star pitcher on the Statewide sportsline on Tuesday and his quote was "after we beat Marshall we will go to OSU rested and get get for a big series with the Cowboys"... well that did not work to well, maybe they try the old one game at a time philosphy. Now they MUST win the B12 tourney to get a bid.

  • Dave

    Right field gap? What game were you watching?
    It was a ball a high school outfielder should catch.
    Right field killed us....TWICE! Four runs from right field balls that should have been caught.

  • Big Larry

    I was at the game and saw no enthusiasm from the Mountaineers...Hustle was good ...however was Marshall was inspired & enthused, WVU was not. Great crowd and atmosphere in Beckley to watch a good ball game.

  • ShinnstonGuy

    I imagine he realized that the best path to a NCAA birth was by winning Big XII games and getting ready for the conference tournament. Marshall's RPI is over 200 so beating them doesn't really help you. Losing isn't so great either, but not a significant factor in the grand scheme of things.

  • Habib Haddad

    Saving them for the games that count.

  • richard

    i don't think the mountaineers are in a position to rest anyone. what was Mazey thinking?


      "SWEATSUIT HUGGINS" just called coach Mazey and said "I'll FIX IT!