MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Behind solid pitching, the West Virginia University baseball team defeated Kansas State 6-0 at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Marques Inman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Brandon White and Jimmy Galusky both had two hits.
“It’s not easy to take a year off from seeing live pitching and come back and do what he’s doing,” WVU head coach Randy Mazey said. “He’s just really, really comfortable at the plate right now. He never panics, and I’m really comfortable in him at the plate. Pitchers are going to have to really pitch and throw strikes to the guy in front of him, because you don’t want put guys on base when he’s up. We have him sandwiched between Darius (Hill) andKyle GrayBoth of those guys are swinging it really well. I like where this offense is right now.”
Starting pitcher Kade Strowd (4-3) pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball. The sophomore surrendered just two hits while walking seven and striking out seven.
Cody Wood and Tristen Hudson combined for 3.1 scoreless innings. Each reliever gave up just one hit for the Mountaineers (19-17, 4-7 Big 12).
The Wildcats (16-23, 2-12) had only four hits against WVU on Saturday afternoon.
In the bottom of the third, a double steal by Galusky and Braden Zarbnisky set things in motion for the Mountaineers. White’s sacrifice fly plated Galusky from third and gave WVU a 1-0 lead.
But the Mountaineers weren’t done there. A walk to Darius Hill put runners at the corners for Inman, who doubled home Zarbnisky.
Strowd retired the next three batters he faced before a two-run blast from Chase Illig gave WVU a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Ivan Gonzalez followed with a double and advanced to third on Galusky’s base hit. While attempting to steal second, the shortstop got caught in a rundown, allowing Gonzalez to score.
White doubled and Hill walked before Inman blasted a double to left field, giving the Mountaineers a 6-0 edge.
The series finale is Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS