MANATTAN, Kan.–Alek Manoah pitched eight scoreless innings as No. 20 West Virginia defeated Kansas State 6-0 on Friday night.
The right-hander improved to 7-3 on the season. He surrendered three hits and struck out 13 while walking just one.
The Mountaineers (30-17) scored six runs on seven hits. The Wildcats (24-27) had just three hits.
Brandon White and TJ Lake both had two hits.
Tyler Doanes gave WVU a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run in the first. White followed with a walk and stole second. He moved to third on a groundout. Then Marques Inman’s groundout to Cameron Thompson plated White.
In the second inning, the Mountaineers extended their lead to 5-0. Ivan Gonzalez began the frame with a double and scored on Lake’s base hit to right field. Doanes RBI groundout scored Lake and Tevin Tucker scored on a wild pitch.
WVU extended its lead to 6-0 in the fourth when White doubled home Tucker.
In the bottom of the sixth, K-State made some noise. Jaxon Passino led off the inning with a single off Manoah. With one out, Will Brennan singled. However, Manoah struck out Thomas Hughes and Gonzalez gunned down Passino, who was trying to steal third, to end the frame.
Paul McIntosh returned to the lineup after missing seven games with a shoulder injury. He went 0-for-4.
Manoah has 121 strikeouts on the season, second-most in a single season in WVU history, two shy of tying John Radosevich’s 123, set in 1964.
Game two of the series resumes Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS