MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Alek Manoah threw a complete game shutout as West Virginia downed No. 11 Texas Tech 2-0 on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Manoah (5-2) dominated one of the best offenses in the country, giving up only four hits and striking out 15 batters.
“You can’t imagine he could pitch any better,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “The way Manoah pitched tonight, I don’t know how he could’ve done better. There’s nothing he did that you look back at that game and say I wish he’d have done that or that. He was just on point with every single thing he was doing.”
The Mountaineers (21-12) scored two runs on six hits. Brandon White and Paul McIntosh both had two hits.
Erikson Lanning (0-1) suffered the loss for the Red Raiders (22-10).
After Manoah downed the first three batters he faced, WVU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs Darius Hill doubled to right field and scored on Marques Inman’s base hit.
In the third inning, the Mountaineers extended their lead to 2-0 when McIntosh singled to center field, scoring Hill.
While Manoah shined all night, it was the eighth inning that spoke volumes for the right-hander’s performance. Cameron Warren doubled to deep center to lead off the frame. But Manoah turned it on and struck out the next three batters.
WVU and Texas Tech return to action on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.