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Kansas Baseball: West Virginia Sweeps Kansas


On Saturday evening at Beckley, West Virginia, the host Mountaineers won back-to-back games over Kansas, 4-3 and 3-2.

With the losses, Kansas fell to 25-18 overall and 9-9 in Big 12 conference play. West Virginia improved to 27-18 overall and 9-6 in conference.

Game one saw Jayhawks starting pitcher Wes Benjamin and Mountaineers starter Dan Dierdorff go square-to-square. Benjamin, allowed four hits and one earned run over eight innings of pitching, while Dierdorff lasted the entire game. Fielding errors in the first inning helped the Mountaineers cause as they scored three un-earned runs. The Mountaineers added another run in the bottom of the second, taking a 4-2 lead after Kansas got on the board. The Jayhawks were only able to add one more run in the top of the third in bowing out.

Game two saw more of the same as both starting pitchers dominated batters. West Virginia managed to break a tie in the bottom of the 12th inning en route to a 3-2 win. Jayhawks starting pitcher Frank Duncan lasted seven innings, gave up only four hits and two earned runs. Jordan Piche, then took over. Piche, gave up the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning as Alan Filuaro, drove home the winning run. Alex DeLeon, got a double for the Jayhawks in the top of the 12th, but Kansas failed to do anything else off Mountaineers reliever Corey Walter who earned the win.

Next up for Kansas is a match-up with Wichita State on Tuesday at Hoglund Park.

 

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