MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-The No. 25 West Virginia University baseball team split a doubleheader with Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon.
After suspending the opening game of the series due to lightning, the Mountaineers and Sooners finished Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, WVU sent freshman Sam Kessler (1-2) to the mound. The right-hander pitched 2.2 innings, allowing just two hits and picking up his first career win.
Jimmy Galusky led the Mountaineers with three hits and second baseman Kyle Gray drove in the eventual game-winning run with a two-out single in the sixth inning.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Brandon White hit into a double play that tied the game. Gray followed with a single through the left side to give WVU a 3-2 lead.
Cole Austin’s single in the eighth put the Mountaineers ahead 4-2.
On Friday, Oklahoma jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third. Cade Harris tripled to center field, scoring Kyle Mendenhall from first. Jack Flansburg’s sacrifice fly drove in Harris.
In the bottom half, Darius Hill’s single drove in Austin, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Junior right-hander BJ Myers started the game but was lifted after five innings due to the rain delay. He allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
WVU dropped the second game 3-1.
Kyle Davis gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the bottom of the second.
Starter Alek Manoah cruised through six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh. With one out, the freshman beaned Steele Walker, who advanced to third on Brylie Ware’s triple.
Sooners’ starter Kyle Tyler gave up a run on five hits in 5.2 innings.
Manoah walked Ben Hollas and Mendenhall’s bases-clearing double gave Oklahoma a 3-1 lead.
Manoah finished with a solid outing, pitching eight innings. He surrendered three runs on five hits while striking out six.
The series finale will be Sunday at 11:30 a.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS