MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–For the second straight game, West Virginia University received superb starting pitching as the Mountaineers toppled Kansas 8-0 on Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Michael Grove (3-1) pitched eight scoreless innings. The sophomore right-hander yielded one hit and fanned 12 Jayhawks.
“Well, I guess technically he could of done better because one guy got a hit,” head coach Randy Mazey joked. “Realistically, that’s as good as a game I’ve had pitched for us. Harrison Musgrave was the National Pitcher of the week, I think five times in his junior year and he was cooking really good but what Michael did today was phenomenal. That’s command of two pitches and throwing his fast ball where he wanted and really throwing a good slider up there. That’s just phenomenal. If he keeps that up, it’s going to be a good feeling going into every Saturday game from here on out.”
WVU (19-10) tallied eight runs on 14 hits.
Kyle Davis had three hits and drove in three runs for the Mountaineers. Cole Austin obtained three hits and two RBI.
David Kyriacou produced the only hit for Kansas (13-17).
Through three innings Grove and Jackson Goddard (2-2) were locked in a pitcher’s duel. But WVU used a four run fourth to break the game open.
Darius Hill opened the scoring with a two-run homer to right center. Davis followed with a single and Jimmy Galusky doubled to left field before Brandon White’s base hit up the middle plated both baserunners.
In the fifth inning, Jackson Cramer homered to right field to put the Mountaineers in front 5-0. However, WVU wasn’t done just yet.
Back-to-back singles from Austin and Hill set the stage for Davis’ three-run blast over the left center wall.
The Mountaineers will look to sweep the Jayhawks on Sunday. First pitch is at 12:30 when Kade Strowd (1-0, 1.93 ERA) faces off against Ryan Zeferjahn (3-3, 5.74 ERA).
WVU has won its first three Big 12 series for the first time since joining the conference.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS