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A Far Cry from Consistency

Here is a quick recap with notes, quotes, and highlights from West Virginia’s 6-3 win over the Texas Longhorns in front of 5,000-plus at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin on Sunday afternoon.

Augie Garrido's team is now a mere 5-10 in Big 12 play after Sunday's loss.

How the Mountaineers Won (23-18, 6-6 in the Big 12):
Coming out of the gates it appeared that the contest was going to be a pitching battle. However, the Mountaineers, in their first ever visit to Austin, got the bats cracking as they were the first to post runs on the scoreboard. That happened in the top of the fourth when Taylor Munden scored a run after he doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on Ryan Tuntland’s groundout RBI. In the top of the 10th, Billy Fleming would cash in on a hit and run with runners on first and second to give WVU a 4-3 advantage. Ryan Tuntland scored on the play and Ryan McBoom advanced to third. WVU would further extend their lead to 6-3 on a full count walk to designated hitter Matt Frazer which loaded the bases allowing for Jacob Rice to knock in a two run single to left field.

How the Longhorns (21-17, 5-10) Lost:
C.J. Hinojosa aired a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game. Hall scored from third after a passed ball to give Texas the 3-2 lead. West Virginia would again knot it up in the top of the sixth when Ryan McBroom would score on a Matt Frazer single. In the bottom of the sixth an Alex Silver flyout to center left runners stranded at first and second. Texas was presented with another opportunity to take lead in the ninth inning. However, WVU pitcher Corey Walter managed to get Texas’ Hall to hit a grounder to turn a 1-6-3 double play that sent the game into extra innings. In the top of the 10th, WVU took the lead and never looked back as they capitalized on three walks and three singles to force three runs against Corey Knebel. (3-3) Texas would fail to convert any runs in the bottom of the inning, giving WVU the 6-3 win.

Game MVP:
WVU’s Jacob Rice helped lift the Mountaineers, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

It Was Over When...
The Mountaineers tagged the Longhorns for three runs on three hits in the tenth. It was the fourth inning on work for Corey Knebel, who was tagged with the loss.

Horns Up:
To Corey Knebel. Despite getting saddled with the loss, Knebel took over in the seventh from starter Nathan Thornhill and kept it at a 3-3 game going into the tenth. Knebel scattered three hits over his first three innings of work.

Horns Down:
To the fact that Texas has yet to win a Big 12 series this season. In every series loss to the point the Longhorns have entered the final game with a chance to wrap it up, but have lost those five games by a combined nine runs.

Biggest Surprise:
Erich Weiss returned for game three against West Virginia after being struck in the face by a pitch during Friday’s game. Weiss did not play Saturday.

Biggest Disappointment:
After going cold offensively in the tenth inning, Texas is now 1-2 this season in extra innings. Texas also lost a series to a team that has never made the cut for the College World Series. Texas has made that trip 34 times.

Stat of the Game:
Mark Payton cashed in on his sixth triple of the season, marking the 12th of his career. He needs one more to enter into the top-10 in Texas’ all-time career triples list. Payton has also gotten on base for 27 straight games.

Story of the Game:
When looking at the big picture the Longhorns have still yet to win a Big 12 series this season. At 5-10 in league play, the Longhorns are tied with Texas Tech for the eighth seed in the Big 12 tournament. Unfortunately, the Red Raiders own the tiebreaker.

Augie Garrido on dealing with the team’s disappointment following the series loss:
“Every time we really hit an energy button that pushes them, something they don’t like, they score runs. It's amazing how that happens. Whenever one of the players pops off something happens. They get angry, are aggressive, and then they score runs. They lose that edge and they aren’t as aggressive on offense.”

On the Longhorns' opportunity to win the game:
“In the bottom of the 10th we were set up to score some runs with the best part of our batting order at the plate and we didn’t do that. You really can’t pinpoint where it all went. It all gets lost in the emotions that come down to the outcome, and in that outcome you start to focus on the plays that separated the two teams and that’s all there is to it.”

Erich Weiss on salvaging confidence from Saturday’s game after Sunday’s result:
“We just need to get the guys to remember how it felt to hit like that on Saturday’s game and how it felt to beat somebody like that. If you take that and use it as confidence it should help a lot.

On opportunities to win towards the end of the game and the difficulty to deal with the frustration:
“It is something that you have to let go of and look forward to the next at bat and the next chance that you get because like coach says, trying to take the at bat with nobody on base. You try your hardest and that’s all we can ask.”

Hookem.com intern Whit Albrecht compiled this report

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