On Friday night, Patrick Mathis drove in the game-winning run in Texas’ 6-2 victory over West Virginia.
Mathis’ biggest play in the series opener at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, however, was made with his glove.
— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) May 20, 2017
To lead off the fifth inning, Mathis tracked down a foul ball off the bat of Jimmy Galusky. Sprinting into foul territory from right field, Mathis dove and held onto the baseball for the inning’s first out. Mathis, who missed 16 starts after he sustained a leg injury while trying to make a similar catch against Texas A&M on March 14, bounced right back up after the play.
West Virginia extended its lead to 2-0 in the inning on Stony Point graduate Ivan Gonzalez’s RBI single. That catch by Mathis, who boasts a .955 fielding percentage, conceivably limited the inning’s damage.
Texas starting pitcher Nolan Kingham was the beneficiary of Mathis’ catch. Kingham struck out six Mountaineers on Friday, and he allowed two earned runs. The pitcher of record, Kingham improved to 8-4 with the win.
“It got me fired up,” Kingham said. “I jumped with him. I didn’t know what to do, I thought I was right there with him, so I jumped too. It was awesome.”
Texas and West Virginia will resume their three-game series at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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