MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–BJ Myers threw a complete game gem as West Virginia University thumped Kansas 10-1 on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The junior right-hander kept the Jayhawks (13-16) off the scoreboard until the ninth inning when Matt McLaughlin’s fly ball to center field drove in a run.
Myers (3-2) held Kansas to one run on five hits. He struck out 10 and walked one.
“As a starting pitcher you have to get warm and stay warm and do your thing,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “That was a complete game at the perfect time. He’s a guy who makes batters go back to the dugout having no idea what pitches they just saw. He can throw at different angles, different speeds and different directions and that’s what makes B.J. so good.”
Myers faced the minimum three batters in six of his nine innings. The Mountaineers (18-10) scored 10 runs on eight hits.
Ivan Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a home run for WVU. Kyle Gray went 2-for-3 with two RBI and hit his first career homer.
“Ivan (Gonzalez) and Kyle Gray both. Those two guys had really good years for us last year and started off pretty slow this year,” Mazey said. “They haven’t given up, they haven’t gotten down about it, they’ve ignored the batting averages and keep having really good at-bats. Staying with it and staying confident and now they are getting rewarded for how they acted two-three weeks ago, so it’s good to see.”
In the first inning, Gonzalez blasted a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall, giving the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead.
With two outs, WVU added to its lead in the fifth inning, scoring three unearned runs. Gonzalez singled through the left side. Then back-to-back walks to Jackson Cramer and Cole Austin loaded the bases for Darius Hill.
On what seemed like a routine play, Kansas center fielder Tanner Gragg dropped a sky-high fly ball and Gonzalez, Cramer and Austin all crossed the plate, giving the Mountaineers a 5-0 advantage.
WVU picked up three runs in the seventh. Kyle Gray led off the frame with a double and Cole Austin walked two batters later.
With two outs, Jayhawks first baseman Owen Taylor’s throwing error allowed both Gray and Austin to score. The Mountaineers took an 8-0 edge when Kyle Davis doubled home Gray.
WVU pushed the lead to 10-0 on Kyle Gray’s two-run blast to right field in the eighth inning.
The series between WVU and KU continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. The series finale has been moved up to a 12:30 p.m. first pitch, to accommodate a change in Kansas’ travel schedule.
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