LAWRENCE, Kan.–The bats came alive for the West Virginia University baseball team in a 11-6 victory over Kansas on Saturday afternoon, earning head coach Randy Mazey his 100th win as a Mountaineer.
Mazey is the fifth coach in program history to join the 100-win club and the second to do it in just four seasons.
Freshman Marques Inman led the hitting barrage for WVU (12-8, 2-3 Big 12) with a career-high three hits. Senior center fielder KC Huth and junior catcher Ray Guerrini both drove in two runs.
Senior Jeff Hardy earned the win for the Mountaineers. The right-hander came on in the sixth inning after the Jayhawks (7-13, 0-2) roughed up the WVU pitching staff through the first 5.1 innings.
Hardy pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. He struck out six and issued no walks.
Kansas got on the board in the first inning when freshman Rudy Karre drilled the first pitch to right field. Sophomore catcher Michael Tinsley singled home Karre from second to take a 1-0 lead.
The Mountaineers responded in the second when Inman singled and scored on a fielding error.
WVU took its first lead of day in the third. Freshman second baseman Kyle Gray led off the inning with a base hit. Junior first baseman’s single to left put runners on the corners. Inman followed with a base hit, scoring Gray. Huth singled home Cramer. Guerrini’s sacrifice bunt scored Inman to give the Mountaineers a 4-1 edge.
The Jayhawks responded with a three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Senior starter Ross Vance hit a batter and surrendered back-to-back singles to tie the game 4-4.
Vance lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Sophomore Conner Dotson relieved Vance and got the final out of the third.
WVU scored four runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 7-4 lead.
Dotson pitched a scoreless fourth inning before he allowed one run on two hits in the fifth.
Kansas scored two in the sixth to pull within one run. Karre doubled to lead off the inning, advanced on a single by Matt McLaughlin. He scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Mountaineers added a run in the seventh to make it an 8-6 game. Galusky doubled down the left field line and scored on Kyle Davis’ sacrifice fly.
WVU tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning. Darius Hill led off with a double and Cramer followed with a walk. Hill scored on Huth’s sacrifice fly and Cramer scored on a single by Guerrini.
The Mountaineers will go for the series sweep on Sunday at 12:20 p.m. (ET).