MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Marques Inman fueled a six-run first inning, and his two-run homer in the eighth was just as important as West Virginia held off Oklahoma State 10-7 on Saturday to even their weekend series.
Inman knocked in a career-best four runs and freshman Tyler Doanes had a pair of two-out hits in collecting his first three RBIs for the Mountaineers (16-16, 2-6 Big 12).
After entering the day atop the conference standings, Oklahoma State (19-13-1, 8-3) saw its seven-game Big 12 win streak snapped. The Cowboys trimmed the deficit to 8-7 in the eighth before Inman’s fifth homer of the season capped WVU’s 13-hit outburst.
“We had some big hits,” Mountaineers coach Randy Mazey said. “The first inning really set the tone for the game … and Marques Inman’s home run in the eighth, words can’t even describe how much better a three-run lead is than a one-run lead.”
Alek Manoah hit two Cowboys batters and walked two more while giving up two runs in the eighth. But he enticed a fly ball to leave the bases loaded and then secured his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
In front of 2,558 at Monongalia County Ballpark, the ninth-largest home crowd in program history, sophomore right-hander Kade Strowd (3-3) matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, leaving in the sixth inning with a 7-3 lead after 110 pitches.
West Virginia’s first five batters reached against OSU starter Carson Teel (4-2), eventually batting around to take a 6-1 lead. After Braden Zarbnisky drew the first of his four walks, Darius Hill and Inman had RBI singles before Chase Illig’s two-run hit and Doanes’ two-run triple to center.
Teel left after one inning, his ERA having climbed from 2.49 to 3.56.
“Carson Teel has been about as dependable and rock-solid as you can get, and they got to him a little bit early; he didn’t have great feel for the ball,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said.
“But when your leader – and Carson is our leader – has a tough day, you try to pick him up because that guy has been dragging us around on his shoulders for the better part of this season. We chipped away, hung in there and competed fiercely all day long. And in the eighth inning were one eyelash away from having the game back in our favor.”