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WVU Walks It Off Against Kansas, Advances in Big 12 Championship

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—The eighth-seeded West Virginia University baseball team rallied past No.9 Kansas on Tuesday night in the opening game of the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship.

Sophomore outfielder Victor Scott drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Mountaineers win the single-elimination contest and advance to the next round of the tournament. 

WVU finished with eight runs on 14 hits while the Jayhawks tallied seven runs on 14 hits in the thriller.

Right-handed pitcher Jacob Watters (4-2) picked up the win and Daniel Hegarty (4-1) suffered the loss. took the loss. 

“On the scale of walk-off excitement, a walk is one of the lowest, but it doesn’t change the fact that this was a really good win for us,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “Victor Scott’s at-bat there was just a culmination of all of our at-bats over the course of the whole night. Our hitters stood in there well against Kansas’ best arms. That was a really good night for us offensively.”

Kansas (30-27) quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first when Tavian Josenberger doubled to right center. Then the Jayhawks tacked on four in the second, ending the evening for the Mountaineers starter Carlson Reed. The right-handed lasted just 1.1 innings of work.

Trailing, 5-0, redshirt sophomore Alec Burns got WVU on the board with a solo shot to right field in the bottom of the second. 

In the bottom of the fourth, WVU (24-25) tied the game with a four-run frame. Back-to-back RBI base hits from senior second baseman Tyler Doanes and junior Austin Davis set the stage for senior Matt McCormick to do some damage. He whacked a two-run triple off the right field wall, tying the game at 5-5.

The Mountaineers took their first lead of the night in the bottom of the fifth after freshman Nathan Blasick hit a leadoff triple and scored on an RBI groundout by senior Hudson Byorick. 

Kansas regained the lead in the sixth. Maui Ahuna drilled a two-out RBI triple to left center, tying the game. Then Ahuna scored on Josenberger’s single to right field. 

However, WVU refused to let its season come to an end. Senior third baseman Kevin Brophy doubled down the left field line, even the score at 7 apiece. 

From there, Watters took control and sat the Jayhawks down in order in the top of the ninth before Scott’s walk ended it for WVU.

Watters didn’t allow a hit and struck out five in 1.2 innings of action.  

All nine starters tallied at least one hit for West Virginia in the win. McCormick led the Mountaineers with two RBI to go along with his 2-for-5 night at the plate.With the win, WVU improved to 16-11 all-time against the Jayhawks, as well as 14-12 at the Big 12 Championship. On Wednesday, the Mountaineers will face a tough task when 

Sophomore outfielder Victor Scott drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Mountaineers win the single-elimination contest and advance to the next round of the tournament.

WVU finished with eight runs on 14 hits while the Jayhawks tallied seven runs on 14 hits in the thriller.

Right-handed pitcher Jacob Watters (4-2) picked up the win and Daniel Hegarty (4-1) suffered the loss. took the loss.

“On the scale of walk-off excitement, a walk is one of the lowest, but it doesn’t change the fact that this was a really good win for us,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “Victor Scott’s at-bat there was just a culmination of all of our at-bats over the course of the whole night. Our hitters stood in there pretty well against Kansas’ best arms. That was a really good night for us offensively.”

Kansas (30-27) quckly took a 1-0 lead n the first when Tavan Josenberger doubled to right center. Then the Jayhawks tacked on four in the second, ending the evening for the Mountaineers starter Carlson Reed. The right-handed lasted just 1.1 innings of work.

Trailing, 5-0, redshirt sophomore Alec Burns got WVU on the board with a solo shot to right feld in the bottom of the second.

In the bottom of the fourth, WVU (24-25) tied the game with a four-run frame. Back-to-back RBI base hits from senior second baseman Tyler Doanes and junior Austin Davis set the stage for senior Matt McCormick to do some damage. He whacked a two-run triple off the right field wall, tying the game at 5-5.

The Mountaineers took their first lead of the night in the bottom of the fifth after freshman Nathan Blasick hit a leadoff triple and scored on an RBI groundout by senior Hudson Byorick.

Kansas regained the lead in the sixth. Maui Ahuna drilled a two-out RBI triple to left center, tying the game. Then Ahuna scored on Josenberger’s single to right field. 

However, WVU refused to let its season come to an end. Senior third baseman Kevin Brophy doubled down the left field line, even the score at 7 apiece.

From there, Watters took control and sat the Jayhawks down in order in the top of the ninth before Scott’s walk ended it for WVU.

Watters didn’t allow a hit and struck out five in 1.2 innings of action.  

All nine starters tallied at least one hit for West Virginia in the win. McCormick led the Mountaineers with two RBI to go along with his 2-for-5 night at the plate.

With the win, WVU improved to 16-11 all-time against the Jayhawks, as well as 14-12 at the Big 12 Championship. On Wednesday, the Mountaineers will face a tough task when they take on No. 1-seed Texas to begin double-elimination play. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET.

Cover 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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