LAWRENCE, Kan.–Kyle Gray and Darius Hill each had four hits as West Virginia’s bats lifted the Mountaineers past Kansas, 21-3, on Friday night.
Gray extended his hitting streak to 20 consecutive games as he drove in four runs, including a double and a three-run bomb to right field in the fifth.
WVU (24-19, 7-9 Big 12) scored a season-high 21 runs on 23 hits while limiting the Jayhawks (20-25, 3-12) to three runs on eight hits.
“You can’t even pick anything that we didn’t do great tonight,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “We swung the bats great against a really good arm, we pitched really well and played great defense. It’s a continuation of what we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks.”
Starter BJ Myers (1-1) tossed 7.0 innings. The senior surrendered two runs on seven hits and struck out three.
Jackson Goddard (4-1) suffered the loss for Kansas. He gave up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits over 4.0 innings.
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second. With one out, Gray singled through the right side. Then Tyler Doanes and Ivan Gonzalez reached on walks to load the bases. Isaiah Kearns reached on a fielding error, knocking in Gray. Jimmy Galusky’s double to center field plated Gonzalez and Doanes and Braden Zarbnisky knocked in two with a base hit up the middle.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Jayhawks got a run back.
However, WVU would tack on three more in the fourth and five more in the fifth to take a commanding 13-2 lead.
Myers continued to cruise through the night.
With bases loaded in the seventh, Galusky walked, putting the Mountaineers ahead 14-2.
But WVU’s scoring frenzy wasn’t done just yet. The Mountaineers scored four more in the eighth. Hill led off the frame with a double and Marques Inman followed with a two-run homer. Kearns’ double drove in another run before Galusky’s sacrifice fly put WVU in front 18-2.
In the ninth, the Mountaineers added three more runs. Andrew Zitel’s double plated two and Nick Denicola’s double drove in Zitel.
Kansas scored one run in the bottom of the ninth after Blake Shinkle’s triple knocked in Blaine Ray.
WVU’s 21 runs and 18-run victory are both program-records in a Big 12 Conference game. The Mountaineers’ 21 runs and 23 hits are both the most since WVU scored 22 runs on 29 hits in a 22-9 victory at No. 18 Coastal Carolina on Feb. 25, 2017.
The Mountaineers and the Jayhawks continue the series on Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS