AUSTIN, Texas–Marques Inman blasted a solo shot in the top of the ninth to lift No. 17 West Virginia past Texas 3-2 on Friday night.
Alek Manoah kept the Mountaineers (25-14) in the game while they were being no-hit by the Longhorns (24-20). He tossed seven innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out eight.
Sam Kessler earned the win for WVU. He pitched two innings, including a 1-2-3 ninth.
With one out in a 2-2 game, Inman crushed a ball to left field, giving the Mountaineers a 3-2 lead.
TJ Lake blasted a two-run homer to right field in the eighth to give WVU a 2-1 lead.
However, Ryan Reynolds tied the game in the bottom half with a base hit off Kessler.
In the bottom of the second, Manoah ran into some trouble but the junior right-hander got out of the jam unscathed thanks to some help from his teammates.
Manoah issued a leadoff walk to Zach Zubia. With one out, Zubia moved up to second on a balk. Tate Shaw doubled off the right field wall and it appeared that Zubia was going to score but Darius Hill played the ball well and quickly got it to first baseman Inman, who gunned Zubia down at home.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Austin Todd singled home Eric Kennedy.
Longhorns starter Bryce Elder had a perfect game through 5.2 innings when he issued a two-out walk to Tevin Tucker. It wasn’t until the seventh when Inman broke up Elder’s no-hitter with a single through the left side.
The series continues on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS