It was almost like he never left the mound.
After a stellar outing against Oklahoma State last week, WVU starter Alek Manoah stepped onto the mound Friday at home against Texas Tech and started firing. Of his first six batters, he struck out five. The Red Raiders weren’t even able to get a man on base until the 4th inning, when Texas Tech third baseman Josh Jung reached first on a fielder’s choice.
Jung, a top MLB prospect, struggled against Manoah going 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.
Offensively, the Mountaineers were able to get on the board early, taking some pressure off of their starter. Their first run came in the first inning off an RBI single from first baseman Marques Inman, sending right fielder Darius Hill home. Hill crossed the plate again in the third inning, this time by the bat of Paul McIntosh.
The star of the game for the Mountaineers, however, was Alek Manoah. In a complete game, he struck out 15 Red Raiders, gave up only 4 hits, and extended his scoreless inning streak to 17 over his last two games.
In the end, the score was 2-0 in favor of the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers will return to the diamond against the Red Raiders on Saturday at 6 p.m.