Despite a good offensive day from no. 20 West Virginia, the Kansas State Wildcats were able to defeat the Mountaineers 8-6.
For the second straight game, the Mountaineer offense got a one-run head start as Tyler Doanes hit another leadoff home run to start the contest.
Kansas State’s offense followed up in the bottom of the inning. With two men on base and one out, Terrence Spurlin swung on WVU starter Jackson Wolf sending a home run into left center. Following the homer, a pair of triples from Chris Ceballos and Caleb Littlejim would bring another run in. This would be punctuated by an RBI sac fly from Jordan Maxon to make the score 5-1 at the end of the first.
To lead off the 2nd, the Mountaineers would again start with a solo dinger — this time at the hands of Paul McIntosh. Fortunately for WVU, their defense would keep additional Kansas State runs from crossing the plate in the bottom half of the inning.
WVU would continue to chip away at the early lead in the 3rd, with Tevin Tucker making it around the bases to finally score on a wild pitch.
Spurlin would again answer, sending his second home run of the day over in the bottom of the 3rd.
Ceballos would also add a home run in the 5th, bringing Spurlin home along with him to make the score 8-3.
The Mountaineers were not out of the fight, though. In the 6th, their bats would get rolling to add chip three runs away from the deficit to make it 8-6.
That would be the end of WVU’s offensive output however, with KSU’s Will Brennan getting the save for the Wildcats.
The Mountaineers will get their chance at redemption against the Wildcats on Sunday at noon. Kade Strowd (4-5, 4,71 ERA) will get the start for WVU, facing off against Jordan Wicks (6-1, 2.69 ERA).