MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–In the Big 12 home opener for West Virginia, No. 19 Oklahoma held off the Mountaineers in a pitching showdown.
Alek Manoah (3-2) tossed 7.1 innings, surrendering two runs on three hits.
Cade Cavalli (4-1) pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits.
Darius Hill led WVU (14-11) with two hits.
Conor McKenna had two hits for the Sooners (22-5).
Oklahoma took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Manoah issued a leadoff walk to Tyler Hardman and advanced to third on McKenna’s ground-rule double. Justin Mitchell’s sacrifice fly to center field plated Hardman. Then McKenna scored on Brady Harlan’s base hit to left field.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Mountaineers cut the deficit to 2-1 when Hill scored.
With bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Tristan Hudson came on and got out of the frame unscathed. He got an out at home, a fly out and a strike out, giving WVU a final chance.
With two outs, Tevin Tucker walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Tyler Doanes followed with a walk but Brandon White grounded out to end the game.
Saturday’s game against the Sooners has been moved up to a 2 p.m. (ET) start.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS