BECKLEY, W.Va. — Dan Dierdorff threw the second complete game in consecutive days for West Virginia, lifting the Mountaineers to a 4-3 series-clinching win over Kansas on Saturday afternoon.

WVU (27-18, 9-6 Big 12) completed the three-game sweep of the Jayhawks (25-18, 9-8) later Saturday with a 3-2 win in 12 innings.

After a rough start, Dierdorff (3-5) settled down to scatter seven hits while striking out six and issuing one walk. The senior right-hander retired 13 consecutive batters between the fourth and seventh innings.

Wes Benjamin (4-5) threw a complete game for the Jayhawks, allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Benjamin did not allow a hit in his final six innings.

Brady Wilson went 2-for-4 with a run, while Billy Fleming had a three-run double to lead WVU.

The Mountaineers loaded the bases in the first with two outs and Fleming continued his torrid hitting pace with a bases-clearing double to the left center field wall to give WVU a 3-0 lead.

After Kansas scored two in the top of the second, WVU catcher Alan Filauro hit a first-pitch leadoff home run to bring the lead to 4-2. The opposite-field blast was the fourth of the season for Filauro.

Kansas cut the WVU lead to 4-3 in the top of the third with a pair of doubles by Michael Suiter and Alex DeLeon.

WVU 3, Kansas 2 (12)

Filauro’s 12-inning walkoff single gave West Virginia its first Big 12 sweep.

Ryan McBroom was hit by a pitch to start the 12th and moved to second on a groundout. After Justin Fox walked and Jacob Rice lined out to second base, Filauro laced the game-winning single to left field off KU’s Jordan Piche.

Corey Walter pitched the final four shutout innings for WVU, pitching around two hits and two hit batters.

Ryan Tuntland’s sac-fly after a Taylor Munden triple staked WVU to a 1-0 lead in the first, and the Mountaineers added a second run in the fourth on Fleming’s sac-fly.

Kansas got to WVU starter John Means for two runs in the seventh. Means lasted 7 1/3 walk-free innings allowing seven hits and striking out seven.

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Comments

  • Joe

    Congratulations all!

  • TSquared

    Extremely impressed, biggest surprise of the year. We def have a baseball coach in Motown.

  • Helen5844

    Great games. Congratuations:

  • Greg

    Who would've thunk the baseball team would have made the best transition to the Big 12 of all the men's teams? Despite the efforts of Mickey Furfari and the owner of this website to undermine the WVU Athletic Department and our student athletes, just think what these young men will accomplish with one of the best collegiate stadiums in the country. Wow! Congrats Coach Mazey on a job, well done.

  • joey

    way to go wvu, never would have happened last year.