CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Picked to finish last in the Big 12, the West Virginia baseball team now owns a piece of first place entering the final two weeks of the regular season.

Behind Ryan McBroom’s five RBIs, the Mountaineers outslugged No. 10 Oklahoma 9-6 on Sunday afternoon to win their third consecutive Big 12 series. The victory, which took place in front of 1,843 fans at Appalachian Power Park, capped a weekend in which WVU clinched a spot in the conference tournament and became a serious contender for the league title.

The Mountaineers (29-20, 11-7) also bolstered their NCAA at-large chances after beginning the week ranked No. 71 in the RPI. The Sooners (34-14, 11-7) came in sporting an RPI of 41, though they were ranked no worse than 13th in the three major polls.

“We told the guys before the game that they put themselves in a position to win this (series),” WVU coach Randy Mazey said. “Mediocre teams take days off, take at bats off and take pitches off. Now that you’ve proven yourself to be capable of winning this thing, you can’t take a day off and we didn’t today.”

West Virginia won the final two games of the Oklahoma series after dropping Friday’s opener in 13 innings. In Sunday’s rubber game, McBroom’s two-run double was the crowning blow in a five-run second inning. He then belted his team-leading 10th homer in the sixth inning, a two-run shot that put WVU ahead 8-2.

After Oklahoma tightened the game with a four-run outburst in the top of the eighth, McBroom drove in Brady Wilson with a groundout to restore a 9-6 lead.

Corey Walter ended Oklahoma’s eighth-inning uprising and earned a four-out save, his first of the season.

Despite surrendering 11 hits, sophomore John Means (4-2) lasted six innings for WVU. In a 123-pitch outing, the left-hander allowed two runs while striking out five and walking one.

Sooners starter Billy Waltrip (2-3) wasn’t as fortunate, being lifted after two innings in which he was touched for six runs on five hits. Though only two of those runs were earned, Waltrip fueled WVU’s attack by walking four batters.

Oklahoma lost despite collecting 16 hits, highlighted by shortstop Jack Mayfield’s 5-for-5 performance and three RBIs. The Sooners stranded 13 runners.

Wilson, Jacob Rice, Ryan Tuntland and McBroom each had two hits for the Mountaineers, who forced a three-way tie with Oklahoma and Kansas State atop the Big 12 standings. Each team has two series remaining.

WVU returns to the home-away-from-home confines of Appalachian Power Park next weekend when TCU visits. Game 1 begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with Game 2 at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Game 3 scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.

That series will be video streamed on WVUsports.com, and the radio broadcast can be heard on certain stations within the Mountaineer Sports Network, including the flagship affiliate of Morgantown WAJR 1440 AM.

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Comments

  • Brian

    The baseball program seems to have gotten a gem of a coach. Hopefully, Mr.Luck
    will secure his contract with WVU.

  • mike w

    Congratulations to the Mountaineers. Really enjoyed my visit to the "APP" for Friday's game.

  • JL

    What is really amazing is the fact that this WVU baseball team will travel more than 21,000 miles when the season is complete.

    • cutty77

      Plus The Baseball Team has said nothing Bad about all their Time on The Bus. The Basketball,and Football Teams Fly almost all places. Can we say Spoiled. LOL

  • cutty77

    This is a Baseball Post Piece. Please keep it this way. This is their moment to shine,and lets help them enjoy it.

  • chad

    Way to carry the flag of Mountaineer Nation Baseball.

  • joey

    sweet

  • Greg

    Awesome!!

  • Tim walters

    Went to all three games we had a chance for the sweep but beating the number 10 team in the country is sweet.This team believed and bought into the program and they play as a team very proud of this team.Keep up the hard work.

  • Joe

    Let's Go Mountaineers!

    An absolutely fantastic job!

  • Ernie

    Way to go Mountaineers. How about Big 12 champs Womens Soccer and hopefully, Baseball!

  • Maxxajay

    I love it ... I love it...I love it...Way to Mountaineers...Guys you may not win them all, but can win enough...I love it ...

  • Chris

    Oklahoma shows poor sportsmanship not shaking hands afterward was pathetic.

  • Sam

    The surprising thing is our overlooked baseball program has done a better job competing than our football and basketball programs. Hope we finish out the final two weeks on a high note. I've always enjoyed baseball, but never became a college BB fan. That's changing now....

  • Wemakerain

    Freaking awesome work guys, to be honest I didn't even think there was a chance to compete in baseball, but they have done more than that. Great job

    • WILLIAM

      Look at what happens when you have a great coach! NOW IF WVU COULD GET NEW COACHS FOR BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL THINGS MIGHT TURNS AROUND! Huggins and Holgerson must go!

      • derek

        Your crazy!!!!!

      • WVU07

        What is your problem William? Nothing positive from you. We all understand that you are an unhappy little boy.....please don't bring your lack of support of the football and basketball team to a baseball story. Try to find your big boy pants and give the caps lock a chance to rest.Try developing rational thoughts before you comment.

        • WILLIAM

          Does the truth HURT?

        • tw eagle

          William made a statement in the form he uses to illustrate his points . . .I don't always agree , but I respect his right to express his thoughts as he sees them. . .when they put you in charge of the new 'totalitarian' state of W.Va. and let you send people like William and me to be reeducated , please keep your childish and unwanted personal attacks to yourself . . .

          • tw eagle

            dh , William made a very positive statement about the state of WVU baseball , and then compared the coaching it gets to what he sees as a lack of in other WVU sports . .. .I didn't see any reference to any sport whatsoever by wvu7 . . .just a straight personal attack . . .I will assume that you and wvu7 are old enough to reason logically , try doing that , and pass by the comments that you disagree with . . .

          • DH

            I agree with WVU07, this article is about baseball. tw eagle you are being a bit of a hyprocrite arent we??? You respect negative nancy William right to express his thoughts as he sees them, therefore you should respect everyones right. What about Williams negative personal attacks? They are not wanted by most...