Just a few weeks ago the Texas Longhorns baseball team was positioned as a potential top seed for a regional. Now the Longhorns are just hoping to make the postseason.
Texas’ Big 12 conference slide continues as the team committed five errors in a 5-3 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers Friday. The Longhorns have dropped six of seven conference games since sweeping Oklahoma on April 13.
The trouble started early for Texas (33-14, 10-9 Big 12). CJ Hinojosa misplayed a ground ball in the first for an error. Billy Fleming singled to center, allowing Bobby Boyd to score when Tres Barrera missed the throw home for the second Longhorn error of the inning.
West Virginia (25-16, 8-7 Big 12) added a run in the third when Boyd and Fleming hit back-to-back singles. One out later Jacob Rice singled to score Boyd and push the Mountaineer lead to 2-0.
A Boyd single in the fourth brought home two more runs to push the West Virginia lead to 4-0. Boyd had three hits on the day.
Texas finally got the offense going against West Virginia ace Harrison Musgrave in the seventh. Madison Carter and Kacy Clemens hit consecutive singles. Zane Gurwitz sacrificed the runners to second and third. Brooks Marlow singled to score Carter. Ben Johnson followed with an infield single to score Clemens. Marlow scored the third Texas run of the inning on Mountaineer shortstop Taylor Munden’s throwing error on a Mark Payton ground ball. Payton and Johnson then pulled off a double steal to put runners on second and third with two outs. Musgrave struck out Hinojosa to end the threat.
Sean Carley came in for Musgrave to pitch the last two innings and get the save.
West Virginia added an insurance run in the eighth when Cameron O’Brien drove in Ryan McBroom to push the lead to 5-3.
Parker French (5-4) started in place of Dillon Peters. Peters did not make the trip to Morgantown due to an illness. French pitched six innings and gave four runs on eight hits. Marlow finished 4-5 with a RBI and run scored. Johnson had two hits and stole two bases to give him 18 for the season.
Texas is expected to send Nathan Thornhill to the mound for Saturday’s game.