With their backs up against the wall, West Virginia came back to defeat No. 3 Texas Tech 12-7 in 10 innings.
The Mountaineers (34-23) were down 6-3 in the eighth inning and needed a boost in order to stave off elimination.
The initial boost was Isaiah Kearns.
Wednesday’s hero from the mound took the plate and hit his second home run of the season to trim the deficit to two runs.
Over the scoreboard!! Isaiah Kearns with his 2nd career home run!! pic.twitter.com/tsbXIEch4K— WVU Baseball (@WVUBaseball) May 26, 2017
After WVU escaped bottom of the eighth behind a double play, Jackson Cramer tied the game on a two-run little league homer.
WOW. We knew Jackson Cramer was clutch, and he sends us to the bottom of the ninth with a game-tying single and 3-base error. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/uAvMKINsiH— WVU Baseball (@WVUBaseball) May 27, 2017
In the 10th inning, Cramer put it out of reach for the Red Raiders (43-15). After Kyly Grey brought in a couple of runs off of an RBI single, Cramer on a double down the left field line.
Jackson Cramer clears the bases!! He drives in 3 and the Mountaineers lead it 11-6! Davis up with just 1 out still.— WVU Baseball (@WVUBaseball) May 27, 2017
This team... pic.twitter.com/uU2DmD3M9S
Braden Zarbnisky, who brought Cramer home for WVU’s final run in the 10th, picked up the win on the mound. He pitched four innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out three batters.
The Mountaineers have advanced to the semifinals against Oklahoma State. WVU will have to beat the Pokes twice tomorrow in order to advance to Sunday’s final. The games are scheduled for 10:00 AM ET and 5:00 PM ET (if necessary).