WVU rallies for win

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The No. 20 West Virginia University baseball team rallied with a four-run eighth inning to beat Kansas State, 7-4, on Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.

The Mountaineers (31-18, 13-11 Big 12) won their sixth Big 12 Conference series of the season, its most conference series victories since they won six Big East series in 2003. WVU also secured its 13th Big 12 win of the season, its most since it also posted a 13-11 record in 2013, its inaugural season in the league.

“What a huge game,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “I knew it was huge, I tried not to let the players know how huge it was, but it gives us a chance, a legitimate chance, to finish in third place in the league. After starting the conference season 0-4, to come back to 13-11 and put ourselves in this position, it’s been a great, great regular season.”

West Virginia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning in Sunday’s Big 12 regular-season finale, but the Wildcats (25-28, 8-13 Big 12) rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the seventh. However, WVU came right back with four runs in the eighth to regain a 7-4 advantage.

WVU’s seven runs came on 15 hits. Junior center fielder Brandon White led the way with three hits and two RBIs, and sophomore second baseman Tyler Doanes had three hits with one RBI. Junior first baseman Marques Inman had two hits and two RBIs, with the help of a two-run home run in the first inning, his team-high-tying ninth long ball of the season.

“We out-hit them the whole game, but didn’t get any breaks,” Mazey added.

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