CHARLESTON, W.Va. - All good things must come to an end.
The West Virginia University baseball team found out the hard way on Sunday afternoon in a 16-6 loss to Texas Christian in the final Big 12 Conference homestand of the season at Appalachian Power Park.
A crowd of 1,820 looked on as the Mountaineers dropped to 30-22 overall and 12-9 in Big 12 Conference play, while the Horned Frogs improved to 25-25 and 10-11.
For West Virginia, the loss snapped a three-series conference winning streak that stretched to early April. The last series loss came at Baylor and was followed by series wins at Texas and at home against Kansas and nationally ranked Oklahoma.
The loss also dropped the second-place Mountaineers to two games behind conference-leading Kansas State with only next weekend's three-game series at Oklahoma State remaining.
After WVU enjoyed a promising start to the afternoon, TCU freshman reliever Alex Young manhandled the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers chased Horned Frog starter Andrew Mitchell after just one-third inning, in which the right-hander allowed five hits and four runs. Mitchell left the game trailing 4-1 and with a pair of runners on base.
That's where the excitement ended for West Virginia as Young closed out the inning without allowing further damage and dominated Mountaineer hitters throughout the middle innings.
Young, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander, allowed just three hits and one run, while striking out five and walking one over 62/3 innings.
"Phenomenal," said TCU Coach Jim Schlossnagle of Young's relief performance. "He's a really talented freshman that we've been using at the back of games. He's tied for the team lead in wins now (6), and he leads our team in saves (5).
"We feel like he's a starting pitcher down the road in our program, but now we have found somebody that's going to pitch in a start next weekend and certainly in the conference tournament"
TCU reliever Justin Scharf used his right-handed submarine delivery to toss a scoreless eighth inning before Travis Evans came on to close out the game while allowing a single run in the ninth.
While West Virginia struggled to produce offense, the Horned Frogs' batters were busy punishing Mountaineer pitchers for a season high 18 hits.