MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team defeated No. 19 Oklahoma 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (16-11, 2-4 Big 12) jumped out to an early lead for the second consecutive day to defeat the Sooners (22-7, 4-2) and secure the series win.
WVU head coach Randy Mazey became the 4th-winningest coach in program history, with his 205th victory. Mazey, who is 205-165 in seven seasons at WVU, passes Ira Errett Rodgers, who was 204-209-4 from 1921-42 and 1946.
The Mountaineers scored one run in the first when Tyler Doanes scored on Marques Inman’s fielder’s choice.
In the third inning, Inman extended WVU’s lead to 3-1 with a two-run home run to left field.
“Talking to (the team) going into this weekend, we’re down 0-3 (in the Big 12) after we lost three games at Baylor,” Mazey said. “After Friday, we were down 0-4. After yesterday, we’re 1-4, we’re creeping back into it. Going into today, they knew what I was going to say, they laughed at me saying we’re down 2-4 now. Next weekend, we have a tough road weekend (at Oklahoma State). Complacency can kill you. You can’t feel too good about where you’re at, ever. It just can’t sneak up on you. Pitt’s up there right now, scoring tons of runs against the Miami Hurricanes. So, you know they’re going to have a ton of confidence. We’re not going to get complacent at all. We’re just going to come out and try to win every game, one at a time.”
Junior right-handed starter Kade Strowd (3-2) allowed one run on three hits in 5.0 innings. He struck out seven and walked eight. Freshman Ryan Bergert followed with 2.2 innings of two-hit baseball. He fanned three and walked one. Junior right-hander Sam Kessler faced the minimum in the final 1.1 innings to collect his fourth save of the season.
Strowd issued four walks in the first inning but managed to escape the frame unscathed. Oklahoma stranded two more in the second and one in the third.
The Sooners got on the board in the fourth with a one-out groundout that came after a leadoff walk.
However, the Mountaineers responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-1 lead. Freshman shortstop Tevin Tucker walked and freshman left fielder Austin Davis singled up the middle to advance Tucker to third. Doanes’ sacrifice fly plated Tucker. Then Davis stole second and took third on an infield single before scoring on Hill’s groundout.
Strowd gave up a one-out double and two-out walk in the fifth but got out of the jam with his seventh strikeout, stranding runners at the corners.
The Mountaineers play Pitt in the Backyard Brawl on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS