WVU moves into a tie in Big 12 race
CHARLESTON – The WVU baseball team won its third straight Big 12 series with a 9-6 win over No. 10 Oklahoma Sunday afternoon at in front of 1,843 fans at Appalachian Power Park.
WVU, which won two of three games in the Big 12 series, improved to 29-20 overall and 11-7 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma fell to 34-14 overall, 11-7 in the league. The win gives WVU a tie for first place in the conference standings.
Oklahoma held the hitting advantage at 16-11, but committed four costly errors to WVU’s one. Senior right fielder Brady Wilson, junior left fielder Jacob Rice, junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland and junior first baseman Ryan McBroom each had two hits for the Mountaineers. McBroom also finished with five RBIs and one run.
WVU loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second inning for the second-consecutive inning. Junior designated hitter Matt Frazer was hit by a pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by sophomore shortstop Taylor Munden to tie the game at 2-2. WVU took a 4-2 lead on a two-run single up the middle by Rice. McBroom extended the inning with a two-run double to left center field to complete the five-run frame with the Mountaineers leading 6-2.
left center field to complete the five-run frame with the Mountaineers leading 6-2.
McBroom continued his torrid hitting pace with his 10th home run of the season and second in as many days to give WVU the 8-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. McBroom drove in Tuntland, who had doubled off the right field wall in the previous at bat.
After a four run top of the eighth inning by Oklahoma to cut the Mountaineers lead to 8-6, Wilson scored on an RBI ground out to second base by McBroom to bring the lead to 9-6.
Despite allowing 11 hits, sophomore left-hander John Means (4-2) grinded out the win for WVU, allowing two runs with five strikeouts and one walk in 6.0 innings.
Junior right-hander Corey Walter picked up his first save of the season with a perfect 1.1 innings to finish the game.
OU’s Billy Waltrip (2-3) started his third game of the season and was rattled for six runs (two earned) on five hits in 2.0 innings. Waltrip struck out two, while walking four. Jack Mayfield of Oklahoma led all hitters with a 5-for-5 performance and three RBIs.
The Sooners struck early with back-to-back singles by Craig Aikin and Max White to start the top of the first inning.
Both runners advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt and then scored as Mayfield doubled down the left field line.
Despite loading the bases with no outs, WVU was only able to get one run across in the bottom of the first to cut the OU lead in half at 2-1. Munden scored on a wild pitch after leading the inning off with a walk.
The Mountaineers will return to Appalachian Power Park next weekend, taking on Big 12 opponent TCU from May 10-12. Game one begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, game two begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the first pitch for game three is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.