WVU moves into semis of Big 12 tourney
Manoah helps Mountaineers best Texas Tech
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alek Manoah’s dominance helped fourth-seeded West Virginia beat top-seeded Texas Tech 5-1 in the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday night.
Manoah, the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, gave up one run on four hits and struck out 10 in eight innings. He won a duel with Tech’s Caleb Kilian, a first-team All-Big 12 selection.
West Virginia (36-18) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals and needs just one more win to reach Sunday’s title game.
Tech (37-16) will play Kansas in an elimination game today.
Tech scored first on a sacrifice fly by Brian Klein in the bottom of the third.
West Virginia bounced back in the fourth when Darius Hill tripled to score Brandon White and Marques Inman’s sacrifice fly scored Hill. The Mountaineers went up 4-1 in the eighth after Tevin Tucker’s sacrifice fly scored Kevin Brophy and White singled to score TJ Lake.
Kansas 15, Kansas State 14 (11 innings).
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Brett Vosik had three hits and four RBIs and Kansas rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to stun Kansas State 15-14 on Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament.
James Cosentino drilled a two-out fly ball to the base of the center field wall to knock in the winning run for the Jayhawks, who trailed 14-11 entering the final frame.
Chris Ceballos gave K-State a 12-11 lead with an RBI single, and Dylan Phillips followed with a two-run double into the gap. But the Jayhawks (32-25) finally got to a weary Caleb Littlejim (5-4) for four runs and six hits in the 11th, the last coming on Cosentino’s blast.
Phillips had a home run and five RBIs for the Wildcats (25-33), who rallied after falling behind 6-1 in the second inning.