MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jackson Wolf threw a four-hit shutout as the West Virginia University baseball team downed Kansas 11-0 on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Wolf (2-2) tossed 7.1 scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking two. Ryan Cyr (3-2) suffered the loss for the Jayhawks.
First baseman Hudson Byorick and catcher Paul McIntosh each had two hits for WVU (9-8).
“I think the kids were really excited to start conference play,” assistant coach Steve Sabins said. “I feel like they believed it was a little bit of a fresh start and a new beginning with a new record. They definitely brought energy, and Wolf went out and set the tone early, so it was easy to get excited.”
Kansas (13-7) had just six hits while the Mountaineers scored 11 runs on 13 hits.
WVU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Byorick started the frame with a solo shot to right center. With two outs, Braden Barry’s single to center field drove in Vince Ippoliti.
The Mountaineers added another run in the fifth and extended the lead to 6-0 with a three-run sixth.
WVU wasn’t done there. McIntosh made it 7-0 when he homered over the center field fence. Then Austin Davis doubled in another run before Victor Scott’s base hit drove in two more.
In the eighth, the Mountaineers tacked on another run on Nathan Blasick’s sacrifice fly.
Tomorrow the two teams will battle it out in a doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m.
Photo Credit: Dale Sparks, WVU