MANHATTAN, Kan.–The 20th-ranked West Virginia University baseball team came from behind to beat Kansas State and win the series on Sunday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (31-18) scored seven runs on 15 hits while the Wildcats (25-28) scored four runs on seven hits.
Sam Kessler earned his eighth save. Zach Ottinger earned his first win.
Kade Strowd started the game and tossed 6.2 innings for WVU. He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits.
Marques Inman blasted a two-run homer in the top of the first to give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead. However, K-State managed to get a run back in the bottom half of the frame. With two outs, Tevin Tucker’s throwing error allowed Thomas Hughes to reach and advance to second. He scored on Terrence Spurlin’s base hit to right field.
WVU extended their lead to 3-1 in the fifth when Brandon White’s sacrifice fly plated TJ Lake.
In the sixth, the Wildcats cut the deficit to 3-2 when Hughes scored on Ceballos’ sacrifice fly.
K-State took a 4-3 lead in the seventh. Cameron Thompson singled up the middle, scoring Rainer Ausmus. The junior third baseman scored on Hughes’ single to right center.
But a four-run eighth allowed the Mountaineers to complete the rally. Austin Davis came on to run for Inman and tied the game at 4-4 on Gonzalez’s single to right field. Then WVU took a 5-4 lead when Paul McIntosh scored on Lake’s sacrifice fly. Doanes’ sacrifice fly plated Gonzalez and Kevin Brophy scored on White’s single through the left side.
Inman hit his team-high-tying ninth home run of the season and team-best 18th of his career in the first inning
The Mountaineers travel to PNC Park on Tuesday to host rival Pitt in the Backyard Brawl.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS