MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia’s Harrison Musgrave limited the K-State baseball team to three hits in eight shutout innings as the Wildcats lost the series opener to the Mountaineers, 10-1, on Friday at Hawley Field.
K-State (23-20, 4-9 Big 12) recorded its three hits, all singles, against the left-handed Musgrave in the first four innings before the Mountaineers’ starting pitcher retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced to earn his fourth win of the season. The junior struck out eight and walked one.
West Virginia (22-16, 5-7 Big 12) did most of its damage against K-State’s starting pitcher, Levi MaVorhis. The K-State right-hander suffered his fifth loss of the year after allowing a career-high nine runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
MaVorhis surrendered two runs in the first, but he retired West Virginia in order in the second. In the third, however, Ryan McBroom’s two-run home run to center field highlighted a three-run third for the Mountaineers.
In the fourth, Bobby Boyd delivered a two-out, two-run single off MaVorhis that made it 7-0, and in the sixth, a two-run double by Taylor Munden with two outs off K-State reliever Braxton Wilks gave the Mountaineers a 9-0 advantage. Wilks entered the game after MaVorhis allowed a single and a walk to two of the first three batters he faced in the sixth.
K-State pinch hitter Kyle Speer negated West Virginia’s bid for a shutout with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning off reliever Michael Bennett. Speer’s sacrifice fly scored Tyler Stover, who led off the inning with a single.
Stover was one of four Wildcats who had one of K-State’s four hits. RJ Santigate reached base three times with a single, walk, and hit by pitch.
Along with two RBI by Billy Fleming, the first four hitters in the West Virginia starting lineup – Munden, Boyd, Fleming, and McBroom – recorded eight of the Mountaineers’ nine RBI.
K-State will look to bounce back in game two of the series on Saturday, April 26 at 4 pm ET/3 pm CT. Left-hander Jordan Floyd will start for K-State and face West Virginia’s southpaw John Means.