STILLWATER, Okla.–Sophomore first baseman Jackson Cramer’s two-out RBI double lifts the West Virginia Mountaineers past No. 11 Oklahoma State 5-4 in the resumption of Friday’s game on Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Due to lightning and rain, the game was suspended in the ninth inning with runners on first and second for the Mountaineers and Cramer at the plate. Cramer drilled a double off the right field wall to easily score catcher Ray Guerrini.
Cramer went 2-for-4 with one RBI, one, double, one triple, one walk, and he scored two runs. Senior shortstop Taylor Munden and freshman second baseman Shaun Corso added two hits apiece for the Mountaineers.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for West Virginia (25-23, 7-12 Big 12). Oklahoma State has lost two in a row and fell to 31-15 overall and 14-7 in Big 12 Conference.
Sophomore right-hander Chad Donato came on in the ninth and struck out the side after allowing a leadoff double to earn his first save of the season.
Freshman BJ Myers (3-4) pitched 1.2 innings of one-hit relief to earn the win. He fanned two and walked two.
Freshman Conner Dotson (0-4) carried the Mountaineers for 6.1 innings. The right-hander had his best start of the season, tying a career-high seven strikeouts. He gave up four runs on three hits with five walks.
West Virginia took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning after back-to-back triples. Cramer busted his first career triple off the center field wall. Kyle Davis then followed with his first career triple when he hit a ball to center fielder Ryan Sluder. Sluder attempted to make a diving catch on the play, but the ball got past him. Senior left fielder Brad Johnson drove in Davis with an RBI ground out to shortstop.
The Mountaineers added to their lead in the sixth after loading the bases with no outs. Johnson walked to drive in his second RBI of the game. Corso then lined out to left field, scoring Cramer from third.
Free passes hurt West Virginia in the seventh. With bases loaded and one out, Dotson walked Jacob Chappell and Gage Green to cut Oklahoma states’ deficit to 4-2. Corey Hassel tied the game when he drove a two-run single to left field.
Sluder had two doubles for the Cowboys and Hassel drove in two.
Tyler Buffett (3-3) took the loss for Oklahoma State after allowing one run on two hits. Jon Perrin (5-4) lasted only five innings in a no-decision. The right-hander gave up four runs on five hits while striking out four.
West Virginia and Oklahoma State will play Game 2 on Saturday after a lightning delay. Ross Vance (6-4) will take the mound against lefty Michael Freeman (8-2)
Oklahoma State is now 18-6 at home this season.