The West Virginia Black Bears took a loss to the State College Spikes with a final score of 5-1. The Black Bears pitching struggled in the first two innings, removing starting P Matt Anderson and bringing in relief pitcher Christian Mota. At bat, the Black Bears went six straight innings leaving runners stranded.

CF Sandy Santos began scoring for the Black Bears in the bottom of the first as the starting pitcher for the Spikes, P Ronnie Williams, struggled early giving up two hits to put runners on first and second. A ground out and a fielding error would bring in Santos to put the Black Bears up 1-0.

In the top of the second, with two outs and bases loaded, relief pitcher for the Black Bears P Christian Mota balked, allowing the Spikes to score and keep the bases loaded. A groundball to short and another balk recorded two more runs, making the score 3-1.

The Spikes furthered their lead in the top of the fourth on a double to left that would bring in a run giving them a three run lead, 4-1.

A solo homerun in the top of the fifth by Spikes’ C Ryan McCarvel would put another run on the board, giving them a 5-1 lead.

The Black Bears brought the score one run closer in the bottom of the eighth when the Spikes gave up a single up the middle and a wild pitch that would move the runner to second. 3B Jordan George came up with a line drive to right, bringing in the run to make the score 5-2.

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Both teams held off the opposing to end the game with a final score of 5-2 Spikes.

The Black Bears will be back in action tomorrow, June 26, at 4:05 as they try to take game two of the three game set versus the State College Spikes. Sunday’s are Family Day at Monongalia County Ballpark, come out to the ballpark for balloon twisting, face painting and kids run the bases!