No. 20 West Virginia swept a doubleheader with Kansas Saturday with walk-off hits in each game. It nearly happened again Sunday.
After trailing 6-1 after seven innings, the Mountaineers plated four in the bottom of the eighth to cut the deficit to one. Marques Inman, the hero in the first game of the series, had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two aboard, but he struck out, ending West Virginia’s bid for its first sweep of Big 12 play.
“God knows I was trying. Just didn’t happen this time. It’s not often that you get two walk-off opportunities in the same weekend,” said Inman.
Despite the 6-5 loss to Kansas Sunday, WVU (24-14, 8-7) has now won each of its last four Big 12 series, but the Mountaineers have also dropped each of their previous two series finales.
“After you win the first two, you get a little greedy and want the sweep. That’s two weekends in a row that we’ve been in the position to sweep and hadn’t been able to pull it off,” said head coach Randy Mazey. “Last time, it was our fault. This time, Kansas played really good.”
WVU returns to actionm Tuesday against Penn State. The Mountaineers have won their last five non-conference games.
Watch full postgame interviews with Mazey, Inman and outfielder Brandon White below: