Comeback Leads to Series Win at Oklahoma

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • April 19, 2014 03:23 PM
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NORMAN, Okla. – The WVU baseball team tied a season high with 18 hits to defeat Oklahoma, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The win gives the Mountaineers their second Big 12 series win of the season and improves the overall record to 19-16 and 4-7 in conference play. Oklahoma drops to 25-16 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play.
Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd and junior right fielder Brad Johnson each had four hits, and senior left fielder Jacob Rice finished with three hits. Junior catcher Cam O’Brien drove in five runs and Johnson scored twice.
Oklahoma jumped out to a 4-0 lead through two innings, highlighted by back-to-back home runs off the bats of Mac James and Hunter Haley in the bottom of the first.
After the West Virginia offense produced eight two-out hits in the first five innings, they scored three runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 6-4 lead.
O’Brien cut the Oklahoma lead to 4-3 with a three-run home run over the left field fence in the sixth inning, scoring Rice and Johnson. It was the second homer of the season for O’Brien.
Rice drove in Boyd in the seventh to tie the game at 4-4, while Johnson’s fourth hit of the afternoon scored junior second baseman Billy Fleming to take a 5-4 lead. Freshman pinch hitter Jackson Cramer followed with a double to center field, scoring Johnson from first base and extending the lead to 6-4.
Senior shortstop Michael Constantini blasted a solo home run to left field to bring the Mountaineer lead to 7-4 in the top of the eighth. It was the first home run of Constantini’s career.
O’Brien notched two more RBIs in the top of the ninth with a double off the left field fence to score pinch runner Trevor Simms and pinch hitter Justn Fox.
WVU senior right-hander Corey Walter (0-4) took a no-decision in his first start in over a year. Walter allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits with one strikeout and one walk in four innings.
Senior right-hander Ryan Tezak (2-0) relieved Walter and threw 2.2 innings of no-hit baseball for the win. Tezak struck out one and walked three, before giving way to senior right-hander Sean Carley.
In his first relief appearance, Carley picked up his first career save. Carley pitched 2.1 innings of one run, two-hit relief, striking out one and walking one.
OU starter Jacob Evans (3-2) gave up three runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and no walks in 5.2 innings. Reliever Kindle Ladd (3-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits with one strikeout in one inning.
The Sooner had nine hits with three by Niko Buentello and two by Craig Aikin and Niko Buentello. James drove in two runs.
West Virginia will head home for five home games this week, beginning with Maryland on Tuesday, April 22 at Hawley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. A link to the video stream and live stats will be available on WVUsports.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.