MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia’s bats exploded to beat Oklahoma State 10-7 at Monongalia County Ballpark on Saturday.
Brandon White had three hits and scored two runs. Marques Inman drove in four runs on two hits while scoring two runs. Tyler Doanes, Darius Hill and Chase Illig each added two hits.
The Mountaineers (16-16, 2-6 Big 12) have won five of their last six games.
Kade Strowd (3-3) got the win for WVU. The sophomore pitched 5.0 innings. He surrendered three runs on five hits and fanned 10.
Sam Kessler tossed two innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits.
Alek Manoah earned his first save.
In the eighth, the sophomore ran into trouble and gave up two runs but managed to get out of a bases loaded jam.
The Mountaineers snapped the first place Cowboys (19-13, 8-3) seven-game conference winning streak.
Matt Kroon paced Oklahoma State, going 3-for-4, including a pair of doubles.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Carson Teel (4-2) suffered loss on the mound.
The Pokes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Cameron Dobbs led off the game with a walk and Kroon was hit by a pitch. Strowd fanned the next two batters but Funk came up with a base hit to center field.
However, WVU responded immediately, scoring six runs on five hits in the bottom half. Braden Zarbnisky led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on White’s single. Then Hill knocked in Zarbnisky, tying the game.
Inman gave the Mountaineers the lead with a base hit up the middle. Teel walked Kyle Gray, loading the bases before Illig’s single through the left side tacked on two more runs. With two outs, Doanes tripled, giving WVU a 6-1 edge.
From then on, everything flowed nicely for Strowd. He struck out the side in the second and third innings.
Oklahoma State got a run back in the bottom of the fourth but the Mountaineers scored in the fifth to go ahead 7-2.
The Cowboys would cut into WVU’s lead again in the sixth, scoring two runs and one in the seventh.
Trailing 8-5 going into the eighth, Oklahoma State continued to rally. With a pair of runners on and one out, Kroon cut the Mountaineers’ lead to two with an RBI single. After a strikeout, the Cowboys loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, and Funk then drew an RBI walk to cut the deficit to 8-7.
In the bottom half, Inman blasted a two-run bomb to left field, putting WVU up 10-7.
Sunday’s game has been moved up to 12 p.m. (ET) as Zarbnisky takes the mound in the rubber match between the two teams.
Cover Photo credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS