CHARLESTON, W.Va. – WVU sophomore left-hander John Means allowed one run in 8.1 innings, leading the WVU baseball team to a 3-1 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park.
The victory gave WVU the series win as the Mountaineers previously won game one, 2-0, on Friday evening. The teams split a doubleheader on Saturday with Texas Tech claiming the first game, 6-4, in 10 innings.
Means (3-1) picked up his third win of the season, giving up just three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Senior right-hander Dan Dierdorff picked up his first save of the year, retiring the final batter of the game.
Junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland paced the WVU offense, batting 3-for-4 with one home run, one run and two RBIs. Junior left fielder Jacob Rice had the Mountaineers fourth hit of the game.
Tuntland led off the bottom of the fourth inning with his first career home run, a solo shot to left field. He later singled through the right side in the bottom of the sixth, extending WVU’s lead to 2-0.
WVU added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as senior right fielder Brady Wilson scored on an error after stealing second base and third base. Wilson finished the day with three steals and two walks.
The win improved West Virginia to 10-13 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 play, while Texas Tech dropped to 16-10 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Texas Tech starter Matt Withrow took the loss, allowing one run on two hits in 4.0 innings. Withrow struck out four and walked two. The Red Raiders were led by Eric Gutierrez and Tim Proudfoot, who each had two hits.
Fans that purchased tickets for Sunday’s game may redeem their ticket at a later date for one of the remaining WVU baseball games at Appalachian Power Park.
The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday, March 26, when they travel to Eastern Kentucky for a 3 p.m. game. Live stats will be available via WVUsports.com.