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Mountaineers Crush Cowboys Behind Manoah’s Dazzling Performance

8 shutout innings from the WVU ace helped propel the Mountaineers to an 11-1 series opening win on Friday night.

Alek Manoah
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West Virginia Mountaineers: 11

#23 Oklahoma State Cowboys: 1

West Virginia (18-11) (3-4) continued their hot streak, winning their 4th straight game on Friday night in dominant fashion over #23 Oklahoma State (18-10) (5-2). Alek Manoah was spectacular on the mound, tossing 8 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts and the offense had 17 hits, including 5 doubles, that propelled WVU to an 11 run outing.

WVU didn’t wait around to get their offense going, scoring 3 times in the top of the 1st. After Tyler Doanes scored on a groundout by Darius Hill, Marques Inman hit a single through the right side to score Brandon White. After back-to-back singles by Paul McIntosh and Ivan Gonzalez loaded the bases, Kevin Brophy walked to allow Inman to score and make it 3-0.

By the end of the 4th inning, it was 7-0 Mountaineers after Hill and Inman hit doubles that allowed men to score and Doanes drew a bases loaded wild-pitch walk to score Gonzalez.

In the 5th inning, WVU added 3 more runs on RBI doubles from Hill and Inman, and a RBI single by Doanes. Doanes also added a sacrifice fly in the 8th to give the Mountaineers their 11th and final run of the ballgame.

Alek Manoah had arguably his most dominant outing of 2019, possibly even of his career, tonight. He was on cruise control by the time he took the ball in the home 1st, and allowed just 3 Cowboys to reach base all night, scattered across 8 innings. I’d be willing to bet that Manoah will be named the Big XII Pitcher of the Week on Sunday when the conference announces its weekly awards.

The Mountaineers will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 PM looking to wrap up the series victory. You can watch, listen, or follow along live by following those links. Let’s go, Mountaineers!