Texas' Ty Culbreth allowed a season-high seven runs on nine hits in the Longhorns' 14-7 loss to West Virginia. (AMERICAN-STATESMAN file)

BEVO BEAT

Texas baseball team drops series against West Virginia, falls 14-7

Posted May 7th, 2016

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Marques Inman’s three-run homer in the sixth capped a four-run rally  that broke open a tight game and helped West Virginia defeat Texas 14-7 on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.

Texas rallied from a 5-0 deficit and trailed 9-7 when Inman hit the homer that put West Virginia up by five.

The loss dropped Texas (21-26) to 9-11 in Big 12 play, good for fifth in the conference. West Virginia (26-19) is a spot ahead in the standings at 10-9.

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UT pitcher Ty Culbreth allowed a season-high seven runs, six earned, on nine hits with six strikeouts in his shortest outing of the season, 4 1/3 innings. The Mountaineers had 13 hits and scored seven runs against the Texas bullpen. It was the most runs given up by the UT staff this season.

Stony Point graduate Ivan Vera gave the Mountaineers the lead with an RBI double in the first. The Mountaineers pushed it to 5-0 with four runs in the second. Kyle Davis had an RBI single, Darius Hill drove in two runs with a double, and Vera added an RBI single. Davis went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Texas cut the lead to 5-2 in the third with a sacrifice fly by Joe Baker and a solo homer by Tres Barrera. The Longhorns scored two more runs in the fourth and tied it at 6-6 in the fifth when Kody Clemens hit a two-run double.

West Virginia’s Ross Vance was pulled after giving up the double and allowed six earned runs on six hits.

Kyle Gray took back the lead with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth, and the rally in the sixth gave the Mountaineers a 12-7 edge. Gray went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and scored three runs.

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