MANHATTAN, Kan. – Thirteen runs in the final four innings gave the WVU baseball team a 13-2 victory over Kansas State in the Big 12 season opener on Friday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.
The game was played under the run rule and ended after the seventh inning. It also was the first of a doubleheader on Friday.
WVU pounded out 15 hits, including a 3-for-4 performance by first baseman Ryan McBroom
that included a home run, while left-hander Harrison Musgrave
pitched 6.1 innings, earning his second victory of the season. Musgrave allowed two runs on two hits with six strikeouts to earn his second victory of the season.
Six different Mountaineers had multi-hit performances as center fielder Bobby Boyd
, right fielder Brady Wilson
, left fielder Jacob Rice
, second baseman Billy Fleming
and catcher Alan Filauro
all had two hits apiece to go with McBroom’s three. Designated hitter Matt Frazer
went 1-for-4 with his third home run in two games.
McBroom hit a three-run home run, his second of the season, in the top of the fourth to break the scoreless affair. Rice and third baseman Ryan Tuntland
scored on the left center field blast after Rice hit a leadoff single and Tuntland drew a full-count walk.
The following inning the Mountaineers batted around, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs to extend the lead to 8-0. All five runs came with two outs, led by a two-run single to center field by Fleming, a two-run double down the left field line by McBroom and an RBI single to left center by Filauro.
Frazer’s sixth-inning opposite field blast was a three run home run, scoring Rice and Wilson. The homer gave WVU an 11-0 advantage.
WVU tacked on two runs in the seventh inning as Filauro led off the inning with single up the middle and advanced to third as Boyd doubled to right field. Filauro was plated by a Wilson single up the middle, and Boyd scored on a double play by Rice.
Starter Nate Williams took the loss for the Wildcats, allowing five runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. Ross Kivett, Jared King and Austin Fisher each recorded hits for Kansas State.