MANHATTAN, Kan. – Despite coming back from a five-run deficit in the seventh inning, the WVU baseball team fell to Kansas State, 6-5, in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.
First baseman Ryan McBroom
and left fielder Jacob Rice
each had a home run, and right fielder Brady Wilson
smacked four singles to lead West Virginia at the plate. Both teams registered 14 hits apiece with the Mountaineers committing two errors.
Down 5-1 going into the seventh inning, WVU used three extra-base hits, including two home runs, to produce four runs and tie the game at 5-5. Rice hit the game-tying home run over the left center field wall. Rice’s first career home run came on the first pitch of the at-bat off Wildcat reliever Levi MaVorhis, who was facing his first batter.
McBroom began the seventh inning rally with his second home run of the day to right field to lead off the inning. Shortstop Michael Constantini
then tripled down the right field line and scored to cut the Wildcat lead to 5-3 as center fielder Bobby Boyd
singled to right field, but was thrown out trying to extend the base hit to a double.
K-State came back in the bottom of the eighth and Austin Fisher scored the game-winning run on a bases loaded two-out single through the left side by Tanner Witt, bringing the score to 6-5.
Right-hander Josh Harlow
took the loss for WVU after coming on in the third inning in relief. Harlow held Kansas State to one earned run on five hits in 5.0 innings with three strikeouts.
Kansas State started out firing, scoring five runs on nine hits in the first three innings of the game. WVU right-hander Corey Walter
allowed four runs on eight hits in just 2.0 innings as the Wildcats sprayed Walter with four doubles.
Trailing 5-0 after five innings, back-to-back two out doubles by designated hitter Matt Frazer
and third baseman Ryan Tuntland
in the sixth inning scored WVU’s first run of the game with Tuntland driving in Frazer.
K-State’s Jake Matthys took the victory in 1.0 inning of perfect relief, striking out three batters. Witt came on in the ninth inning and earned his third save of the season, allowing two hits and striking out two.
Ross Kivett recorded three hits for the Wildcats, with Witt, Shane Conlon, Jared King and Jon Davis all knocking two hits apiece.
The rubber match will be tomorrow at 3 p.m. EST, with lefty John Means
taking the hill for WVU. The game will be carried on WVUsports.com and select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network. Fans can access links to live video and live stats at WVUsports.com.