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WVU Drops Series Finale at Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan.–Kansas State came from behind to defeat West Virginia 9-4 in the series finale on Sunday.

In the first, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when sophomore Matt McCormick doubled to left field, plating senior Tyler Doanes.

However, the lead didn’t last long when the Wildcats tied the game on Nick Goodwin’s solo shot over the left field fence.

Once again, WVU took the lead with a two-run inning. First, redshirt junior Vince Ippoliti earned an RBI fielder’s choice, before fifth-year senior infielder Kevin Brophy had an RBI single to make it a 3-1 contest.

In the fourth, K-State’s Kameron Willman tied the game back up with a two-run blast off Ben Hampton.

The Mountaineers regained the lead when fifth-year senior Hudson Byorick walked and later scored on a wild pitch in the top of the fifth to make it 4-3. 

The Wildcats scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. Then in the seventh K-State extended their lead to 7-4 on their third home run of the afternoon. They went deep in the eighth to take a 9-5 lead.

The Wildcats combined to hit four home runs on Sunday.

Kasey Ford picked up the win for K-State and freshman right-hander Carlson Reed suffered the loss for WVU.

McCormick finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored for the Mountaineers. Doanes recorded a stolen a base, the 36th of his career, moving him into the top 10 in program history in the category.

WVU returns home for an 11-game homestand, beginning with TCU on Friday.

Photo Credit: WVU Sports

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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