CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Left-hander John Means gave West Virginia 8 1/3 innings of one-run pitching, helping the Mountaineers beat Texas Tech 3-1 in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and win the weekend series at Appalachian Power Park.
WVU (10-13, 3-3 Big 12), after winning Friday’s opener 2-0, lost Saturday’s first half of the twinbill 6-4 in 10 innings before Means came up big in the rubber game.
Means (3-1) gave up three hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Dan Dierdorff picked up his first save of the season, retiring the final batter of the game.
Third baseman Ryan Tuntland went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the fourth against Texas Tech starter Matt Withrow (2-2), who was lifted after the inning having thrown only 57 pitches. Tuntland added an RBI single in the sixth against reliever Corey Taylor to stake West Virginia to a 2-0 lead.
WVU added an insurance run in the eighth as Brady Wilson scored on an error after stealing secondand third base. Wilson finished the day with three steals and two walks.
Texas Tech (16-10, 3-3) scored its only run in the top of the ninth when Tim Proudfoot singled home Eric Gutierrez.
Texas Tech 6, WVU 4 (10 innings)
In Saturday’s opener, WVU tied it with a four-run, eighth-inning rally before Texas Tech’s Jake Barrios tripled and scored the game-winning run in the top of the 10th on a single by Mason Randolph. Randolph later scored an insurance run on a fielder’s choice as the Red Raiders victimized Dierdorf (1-3).
WVU’s comeback in the eighth received an assist from the Texas Tech defense, which committed two errors to help load the bases with none out. Tuntland singled in the first two runs before Ryan McBroom and Justin Fox added RBI hits to knot the game at 4-all.
The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Eastern Kentucky for a 3 p.m. game.