MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Isaiah Kearns pitched a four-hit gem, helping West Virginia knock off No. 19 Texas, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (22-19, 6-9 Big 12) won their second straight Big 12 series courtesy of some stellar pitching.
Kearns pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned). The sophomore right-hander struck out five and walked three.
Freshman Tristen Hudson relieved Kearns and pitched 1.2 scoreless frames. Sophomore Alek Manoah closed out the game with a scoreless ninth.
Hudson gave up just one hit with three strikeouts. Manoah did not allow a hit and had two strikeouts.
“Kids just get excited to play against Texas, especially Texas kids,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “I do too. When I woke up in the morning, today was an opportunity to beat one of the best programs in the history of college baseball. So, fans get excited about it. They come out to see us, and players get excited. When we joined the Big 12, that’s what we bargained for, weekends like this, and that’s what we got.”
Freshman Tyler Doanes drove in a career-high four runs on two hits. Junior Kyle Gray extended his hitting streak to 18 games. Marques Inman had three hits.
The Longhorns (30-17, 12-6) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. The first run came on Jimmy Galusky’s throwing error and the second on David Hamilton’s groundout.
The Mountaineers took a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Darius Hill walked to lead off the frame. Inman followed with a double. Gray’s groundout plated Hill and then Doanes knocked in Inman. Freshman designated hitter Connor Hamilton’s base hit scored Doanes.
WVU tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth.
Kearns turned up the heat in the fifth and sixth but ran into trouble in the seventh. After surrendering back-to-back singles with one out, Hudson relieved Kearns and gave up a run on Duke Ellis’ base hit through the right side.
The Mountaineers added four insurance runs in the eighth inning. Hill led it off with a single and advanced to third on Inman’s base hit. Gray then walked to load the bases for Doanes, who tripled to left-center to clear the bases. Then Doanes scored on Andrew Zitel’s fielder’s choice to put WVU ahead 8-3.
Manoah came in and pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Mountaineers travel to Maryland on Tuesday, May 1 to take on the Terrapins. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. ET in a rematch of last season’s NCAA Regional.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS