Morgantown, W.V. - The Crosscutters surrendered a late lead, falling 7-5 to the Black Bears, as they saw their current losing streak reach six games.
Jhordany Mezquita got off to an auspicious start, surrendering a lead off double on his first pitch to Travis Swaggerty before retiring the next two batters in order.
Before Mezquita could get out of the inning, Brett Kinneman doubled home Swaggerty to give West Virginia a 1-0 lead. Jhoan Harerra followed with a double over the 1st base bag, scoring Kinneman to give the Black Bears a 2-0 advantage.
The Crosscutters were able to cash in on a scoring chance in the top of the 3rd inning, after stranding three runners over the first two frames.
Ben Pelletier plated the first run of the afternoon for Williamsport, getting hit by a Michael LoPresti offering with the bases loaded, scoring Johnathan Guzman to cut the West Virginia lead to 2-1. For Pelletier, it was his team-leading 10th RBI of the season.
Matt Kroon tied the game for Williamsport, scoring Rafael Marchan with a sacrifice fly to deep left field, that nearly went for extra bases. The RBI was the 2nd of the season for Kroon.
West Virginia answered back in the bottom of the 3rd inning, getting RBI from Luke Mangieri and Brett Kinneman, to give the Black Bears a 4-2 lead against Mezquita.
Mezquita was relieved after the 5th inning, allowing four runs on eight hits. The southpaw struck out five, while failing to walk a single batter in a no decision.
Jonathan Guzman scored on a passed ball in the top of the 6th inning, cutting the deficit to 4-3 with one out. The Cutters rally was snuffed out with the tying run standing at 3rd base.
Williamsport's offense came to life to take the lead in the top of the 7th inning, getting a bases-loaded single from Brayan Gonzalez into centerfield, chasing home Matt Kroon and Jesus Henriquez to give the Cutters their first lead of the evening.
The two RBI for Gonzalez upped his total to 10 on the season, tying him with Pelletier for the team lead.
Randy Alcantara worked around four hits in a pair of scoreless innings of relief in the 6th and 7th innings before running into trouble with two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Alcantara surrendered back-to-back walks to Connor Kaiser and Michael Gretler, his first two walks allowed this season, before being replaced by Tyler Carr.
Carr allowed an infield single to Paul Brands that rolled just far beyond Alec Bohm and Jonathan Guzman, allowing Kaiser to race home and tie the game at 5-5.
Robert Glendinning followed with a two-run double down the right field line to plate Gretler and Brands to give West Virginia a 7-5 lead, which they would not relinquish
The two runs allowed by Alcantara were his first two runs allowed this season, leading to his first loss on the year out of the Cutters bullpen.
The Crosscutters continue their series against the Black Bears tomorrow evening at Monongalia County Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Cutter Carvings - Rafael Marchan recorded his first three-hit games of the season, finishing 3 for 4...The Crosscutters drew a season-high eight walks, while tying a season-high with 11 strike outs... Williamsport left 12 runners on base, finishing the night 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position...
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