MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–An offensive explosion in the bottom of the eighth helped West Virginia defeat No. 19 Oklahoma 12-4 on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (15-11, 1-4 Big 12) scored 12 runs on 12 hits. The Sooners (22-6, 4-1) scored four runs on nine hits.
In the eighth, WVU’s bats erupted for an eight-run inning. Tevin Tucker gave the Mountaineers a 5-3 lead when he scored on Tyler Doanes’ base hit through the left side. Then Kevin Brophy doubled to left field, plating Ivan Gonzalez and TJ Lake.
Tucker followed suit with an RBI double and then scored a few batters later on a wild pitch. Oklahoma could just not get out of the inning. Lake walked in a run and singles from Gonzalez and Paul McIntosh pushed WVU’s lead to 12-3.
The Sooners added a run in the ninth but were unable to rally.
Jackson Wolf pitched five innings. He gave up one run on six hits and got out of several messy situations. Tristen Hudson (1-0) picked up the win for the Mountaineers.
WVU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Marques Inman’s single up the middle scored Brandon White.
In the bottom of the third, White’s double plated Austin Davis.
The Mountaineers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth on McIntosh’s seventh home run of the season.
Oklahoma picked up a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3.
White, Tucker, Gonzalez and McIntosh each had two hits for WVU.
The rubber match between the two teams will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS