FORT WORTH, Texas–Darius Hill drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth as West Virginia defeated TCU 4-3 on Friday night.
It was the first win ever for the Mountaineers (26-21, 8-11 Big 12) in Fort Worth.
Freshman Tristen Hudson earned the win. He pitched 2.1 scoreless innings. Alek Manoah came in and got the final four outs and earned his second save.
BJ Myers started the game and went 5.1 innings. The senior surrendered three runs on four hits.
Hill and catcher Ivan Gonzalez both had four hits.
Kyle Gray went 0-for-5, snapping a 23-game hitting streak.
With one out Brandon White singled up the middle. After a throwing error on Hill’s base hit, White scored and gave WVU a 1-0 advantage in the first.
In the fourth, the Mountaineers picked up another run when Tyler Doanes scored on Gonzalez’s double.
WVU took a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning when Gonzalez scored on a single back to the pitcher.
But the Horned Frogs (27-19, 8-10) tied the game in the bottom half of the frame.
Myers issued back-to-back walks to A.J. Balta and Michael Landestoy. Johnny Rizer’s base hit loaded the bases. Consecutive base hits from Zach Humphreys and Connor Wanhanen cut TCU’s deficit to 3-2. Adam Oviedo’s fielder’s choice tied the contest at 3-all.
The Mountaineers regained the lead in the eighth. Braden Zarbnisky led off the inning with a walk and stole second. The junior advanced to third on White’s bunt base hit. Hill singled through the left side, plating Zarbnisky and giving WVU a 4-3 lead.
Then Hudson and Manoah combined for a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth.
In the bottom of the ninth White robbed Oviedo of a base hit, catching a sinking line drive in center field. After issuing a walk, Manoah recorded a strike out and a pop up to seal the victory.
The two teams square off again on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS