JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – West Virginia failed to capitalize on a bases-loaded threat in the ninth and fell 4-0 to North Florida in the baseball season opener Friday night.
The Mountaineers (0-1) got a lead-off walk from Matt Frazer, followed by singles from Ryan Tuntland and Brady Wilson with one out. But UNF reliever Corbin Olmstead coaxed a double play from WVU pinch-hitter Max Nogay to end the game.
WVU was shut down by UNF starter Tyler Moore who earned the win after going five innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six.
Mountaineers right-hander Corey Walter was tagged with the loss, allowing one earned run on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked one.
UNF capitalized on a two-out throwing error by Tuntland in the fifth inning to add three runs. Joe Wielbruda scored on the error, while Alex Bacon followed it up with a two-run double over the head of left fielder Jacob Rice to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Ospreys’ Corey Bass scored the first run of the game on a single through the left side by Tyler Marincov in the third inning.
West Virginia’s Bobby Boyd and Taylor Munden led off the sixth with back-to-back singles, but UNF reliever Tommy Organ induced the Mountaineers into three straight outs.
Adding hits for the Mountaineers were Ryan McBroom and Frazer, who each laced doubles in the second inning and fourth inning, respectively, while sophomore Billy Fleming added a single.
Josh Harlow, Ryan Hostrander and Jared Hill all pitched in relief of Walter. Harlow and Hostrander each struck out one batter in 1.1 innings and 1.2 innings, respectively.
Organ was effective in relief for the Ospreys, allowing three hits in three innings with one strikeout.
Game 2 is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday with left-hander Harrison Musgrave taking the mound for the Mountaineers. He will face right-hander Kyle Westwood for UNF.