MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia University baseball team dropped the series finale to Kansas State by the score of 7-4 on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Isaiah Kearns, Jimmy Galusky and Marques Inman each had two hits for the Mountaineers (19-18, 4-8 Big 12).
Starting pitcher Braden Zarbnisky (2-2) suffered the loss. He tossed 4.0 innings, surrendering two runs on five hits.
WVU had opportunities to score additional runs but squandered the chance with runners in scoring position on numerous occasions in the first three innings, going 0-for-6.
Will Brennan went 2-for-4 with one RBI and earned the win for the Wildcats (17-23, 3-12). He pitched 5.0 innings, giving up just one run on six hits.
Jordan Maxson was 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
K-State opened the scoring in the second inning when Trent McMaster singled up the middle, driving in Drew Mount.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Mountaineers evened the score at 1-1 on Andrew Zitel’s base hit up the middle.
However, the Wildcats regained the lead in the fifth. Three pitchers combined to walk four batters, including consecutive walks to Hanz Harker and Cameron Thompson with the bases loaded.
K-State tacked on an additional run in the seventh and three more in the eighth inning.
Brennan delivered an RBI single with the bases loaded and Harker followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Maxson. The Wildcats went up 7-1 on a wild pitch.
Darius Hill doubled home Brandon White in the bottom of the eighth to pull WVU within five. Then Kyle Gray’s sacrifice fly cut the deficit to 7-3.
In the ninth, Galusky scored on Zarbnisky’s groundout but that’s as close as the Mountaineers would get.
WVU returns to action on Tuesday night against in-state foe Marshall. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS