MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia University baseball team fell 7-2 to Kansas in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (19-11) scored two runs on just five hits. The Jayhawks (14-17) tallied seven runs on 15 hits.
Cole Austin had two hits and Darius Hill drove in both runs. Starting pitcher Kade Strowd tossed 3.2 innings, surrendering two runs on five hits while striking out four.
Sam Kessler (0-1) relieved Strowd in the fourth and pitched 2.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits.
Kansas jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Tanner Gragg singled to center field, scoring David Kyriacou.
The Jayhawks added another run in the third to take a 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the third, WVU tied the game on Hill’s two-run blast to right field. However, that would be the only offense the Mountaineers could stir up.
Gragg’s home run off Kessler in the seventh gave Kansas a 3-2 lead. Jackson Sigman came on in relief of Kessler and loaded the bases. Then Devin Doyle knocked in another run with a base hit through the left side.
The Jayhawks tacked on three more runs in the ninth.
WVU travels to Maryland on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. (E.T) showdown with the Terrapins before returning home for a three game series with the first-place TCU Horned Frogs.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS