BECKLEY, W.Va. – A two-out walk-off single to left field by senior catcher Alan Filauro
led the WVU baseball team to a 3-2 12-inning win to sweep Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
The sweep is the first for WVU in the Big 12 and the Mountaineers improve to 27-18 overall and 9-6 in the Big 12. Despite outhitting WVU 9-7, Kansas fell to 25-18 overall and 9-9 in conference play.
“Our team just grinds it out. Going into the season we knew we were facing a lot of adversity with the travel, the schedule and getting into a new conference,” coach Randy Mazey says. “We tried to prepare them accordingly and if you know adversity is coming, you can respond to it pretty well.”
Filauro came to the plate with runners on first and second base and knocked a first-pitch line drive single to left field, plating junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
from second base for the victory. McBroom was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and was advanced to second on a ground out to second base by sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming
goes out there after having caught 21 innings of baseball and gets the walk-off hit to win it,” Mazey says.
McBroom finished the day with two runs and one hit, while a total of seven different Mountaineer batters recorded a hit.
Junior Corey Walter
(4-4) picked up his second-consecutive relief win, allowing no runs on two hits in 4.0 innings. Walter struck out three and did not issue a walk. Reliever Jordan Piche’ (5-2) took the loss for Kansas in relief, letting up one run on three hits in 4.2 innings.
Sophomore shortstop Taylor Munden
led off the bottom of the first with a triple to left center field and was driven in on a sacrifice fly to right field by junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland
to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
A sacrifice fly to right field by Fleming doubled the WVU lead at 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth. McBroom reached on a fielder’s choice and then advanced two bags on a failed pickoff attempt by Kansas pitcher Frank Duncan prior to scoring.
A two-run top of the seventh by Kansas tied the game at 2-2. Alex DeLeon led off the inning with a home run to left field to cut the lead to one run. Ka’iana Eldredge knotted the score at 2-2 with a two-out single up the middle to score Jordan Dreiling.
Kansas loaded the bases in the top of the eighth with one out, but WVU junior right-handed reliever Pascal Paul
struck out Dreiling for the second out and forced Dakota Smith into a fly out to get out of the frame.
WVU nearly won the game in walk-off fashion as senior right fielder Brady Wilson
led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to left center. Wilson was sacrificed over to third base, but was thrown out at home attempting to score on a fielder’s choice to the pitcher by McBroom.
Sophomore left-hander John Means
(3-2) provided the third quality start of the weekend for the West Virginia in the no-decision. Means allowed two runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Duncan (3-4) was equally efficient for Kansas, giving up two runs on three hits in 7.0 innings of work. Duncan struck out three with no walks.
The Mountaineers return to Hawley Field to take on Pitt on Tuesday, April 30, for the last home game in Morgantown this season. First pitch is 6 p.m. and the game has been designated as a “Dollar Night” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for just one dollar.
The game will be video streamed on WVUsports.com, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network, with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.