OKLAHOMA CITY–West Virginia defeated Texas Tech 12-4 on Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The seventh-seeded Mountaineers (29-26) scored 12 runs on 15 hits while the third-seeded Red Raiders (39-17) tallied four runs on seven hits.
Senior starter BJ Myers tossed 4.0 innings. The right-handed gave up three runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Sam Kessler (4-0) earned the win. He went 2.1 scoreless frames.
Braden Zarbnisky went 3-for-5 with four runs scored. Marques Inman has three hits and two RBIs for WVU.
All nine Mountaineer starters had at least one hit.
Davis Martin (6-5) suffered the loss. He pitched 3.2 innings, surrendering eight runs on eight hits.
WVU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Zarbnisky reached on an infield single and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Then Darius Hill’s RBI groundout plated Zarbnisky.
Myers pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the first but Texas Tech tied it in the second on Cameron Warren’s single through the left side.
In the third, the Mountaineers regained the lead, scoring four runs on five hits. Andrew Zitel scored on Brandon White’s infield single, breaking the tie. Then Hill’s bloop single to left field scored Zarbnisky. With two outs and the bases loaded, Tyler Doanes’ base hit gave WVU a 5-1 advantage.
The Mountaineers weren’t done yet. In the fourth, Zarbnisky struck out but reached on a passed ball. The junior scored on Hill’s base hit to left center. Inman’s infield single and a throwing error gave WVU an 8-1 lead.
After issuing back-to–back walks to start the fifth, Myers was lifted for Tristen Hudson. Gabe Holt’s double pulled the Red Raiders within 8-3. Josh Jung drove in another run on a groundout to Zitel. Sam Kessler came on to get a strike out to end the inning.
With two outs and runners at the corners, Jimmy Galusky scored on Michael Davis’ fielding error, giving the Mountaineers a 9-4 edge.
Kessler responded with a 1-2-3 bottom half.
In the eighth, WVU added two insurance runs and one in the ninth.
Myers broke the career innings pitched record.
The Mountaineers play TCU in a rematch of Thursday night’s game on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. (ET).
Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS