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West Virginia Shut Out Kansas in Game 1

The Mountaineers bury Jayhawks 11-0

The West Virginia Mountaineers hammered the Kansas Jayhawks 10-0 in game one of the three-game Big 12 Conference opening series on Friday night.

Hudson Byorick put the Mountaineers on the board first, dropping the 1-1 pitch over well over the right-centerfield wall a leadoff home run. Then Vince Ippoliti flared a single into right field and advanced to second on a hit and run with Mikey Kluska getting a piece of an off-speed pitch, put the ball on the ground over to third before Braden Barry dropped a line drive into centerfield to bring in Ippoliti to give West Virginia the early 2-0 advantage.

West Virginia tacked on another run in the first after Austin Davis went opposite and dropped a base hit into right field – stole second at the first opportunity, Tyler Doanes drew a walk, and Matt McCormick hit a sharp ground ball that Kansas first basemen Dylan Ditzenberger couldn’t handle it and loaded the bases. Then, Victor Scott put the ball on the ground for a fielder’s choice, platting Davis.

The Mountaineers kept it going in the sixth when Paul McIntosh ripped a leadoff double down the third baseline, and Kluska moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt. Then, with two outs, Austin Davis hit a rope through the left side for an RBI single, and again, stole second before Tyler Doanes hit a ground-rule double, scoring Davis. That ended the night for Kansas starting pitcher Ryan Cyr as head coach Ritch Price went to his bullpen for left-hander Nathan Berry. He proceeded to walk back-to-back batters to load the bases before Byorick hit an RBI single to put the Mountaineers up 6-0.

The West Virginia bats continued to stay hot in the seventh. Paul McIntosh led the inning off with a solo blast well over the left field wall to push the lead to seven. Mikey Kluska laced a single into left field, and Austin Davis hit a deep line drive into right-center for an RBI double. Tyler Doanes was delivered four straight balls to put runners at first and second and advanced on a deep sacrifice fly from Matt McCormick. Then, Victor Scott collected his first hit of the night, dropping a two-RBI single into centerfield as the Mountaineers held a 10-0 advantage.

West Virginia starting pitcher Jackson Wolf went 7.1 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and allowing four hits and walking two.

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Skylar Gonzalez came in relief in the eighth and got consecutive ground outs to end the inning.

The Mountaineers added another run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Nathan Blasick after Ippoliti and Kluska drew walks as the Mountaineers extended the lead to 11. 

Beau Lowery closed the game with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth as the Mountaineers held on for the 11-0 shutout.

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