The Texas Longhorns baseball team was in desperate need of a win on Sunday. West Virginia had other plans.
The Mountaineers took advantage of another sloppy day in the field to rout the Longhorns 12-6 and take two of three in the series. Texas is now 2-7 in its last nine conference games.
Texas (34-15, 11-10 Big 12) made three errors, leading to four unearned runs. West Virginia (26-17, 9-8 Big 12) scored runs in the second, third and fourth innings to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 9-2 lead. Three Longhorn errors and a wild pitch helped contribute to the collapse.
Texas started a rally in the fifth to cut the lead to four. Mark Payton RBI double scored Ben Johnson. Colin Shaw followed with an RBI single to score Payton. CJ Hinojosa grounded into a double play to score a third run and trim the lead to 9-5.
West Virginia came right back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to push the lead to 12-5.
Lukas Schiraldi (6-3) worked two plus innings to take the loss. Schiraldi gave up five runs (3 earned) on four hits. He had one of Texas’ three wild pitches. Morgan Cooper was touched for six runs (4 earned) in less than two innings of work.
Madison Carter paced the Longhorn attack with three hits and two runs scored. Shaw had two hits and two RBIs. Payton’s hit extended his reached-base streak to 88 games.
Texas returns home to face Texas State on May 13.