JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Pitchers for No. 22 West Virginia issued 10 walks and allowed runs on a balk and a wild pitch during a 7-4 loss at Jacksonville on Saturday.
After splitting the first two games of their season-opening weekend series, the teams are slated for a rubber game Sunday.
Jacob Southern hit a two-run shot and Scott Dubrule tripled home a run for the Dolphins, who had only five hits but capitalized on the Mountaineers’ wildness.
WVU starter Alek Manoah (0-1) walked five over 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs — one on a first-inning wild pitch.
The lead swelled to 5-0 with Christian Young on the mound, included a a run-scoring balk in the sixth. Nick Snyder, also making his first appearance at West Virginia, yielded Southern’s blast that made it 7-1.
Tyler Santana (1-0) held the Mountaineers without a hit into the fifth. He struck out seven and left after 82 pitches and seven innings of work.
Jimmy Galusky’s two-run homer in the eighth off reliever Austin Temple drew WVU within 7-3.