How Sweep It Is

Alan Filauro ripped a one-out double in the bottom of the 12th off Kansas closer Jordan Piche' (5-2) to score Ryan McBroom from second and give WVU the 3-2 victory in the final game of the three game set in Beckley on Saturday.

The win capped West Virginia's first ever three-game sweep in Big 12 competition in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 1,153 fans in Beckley.

A third consecutive pitching duel between West Virginia and Kansas led to extra innings as Kansas recovered from a two-run deficit to score two runs in the seventh to tie the game. Piche' wiggled out of two jams to get Kansas to the extra frames.

Mountaineer starter John Means wasted little time establishing himself, striking out five of the first ten batters he faced. He kept Kansas (25-18, 9-9) off balance all day longallowing two runs on seven hits, striking out seven and walking none to get the no-decision.

Taylor Munden started the WVU first inning with a triple off the wall in deep center field just to the left of the 400 foot mark. One out later third baseman Ryan Tuntland smacked a fly ball deep to right field. The sacrifice fly and RBI gave WVU a 1-0 lead.

Kansas right hander Frank Duncan also threw a very nice game for the Jayhawks, allowing two runs (one earned) in seven plus innings. Duncan hurt his own cause when he threw wildly on a pickoff attempt at first base in the fourth inning. That miscue allowed McBroom to advance to third with one out. Billy Fleming smacked the first pitch deep to right for WVU's second sacrifice fly of the game to extend WVU's lead to 2-0.

After KU tied the score, Pascal Paul got WVU (27-18, 9-6) out of a bases loaded one out jam in the eighth. Corey Walter (4-4) came on in the ninth to keep Kansas (25-18, 9-9) at bay and pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three to get the victory.

WVU wasted opportunities to win the game in the ninth and tenth innings. Horrendous base running in the 10th led to two outs at third base, breaking one of the games cardinal rules and running the Mountaineers out of a golden chance to end the game.

After pitching four-plus innings, Kansas head coach Ritch Price decided to put Piche' back on the mound in the 12th inning for a fifth inning of work. The move quickly backfired as McBroom was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Mazey then sent McBroom on the hit and run, a move that proved crucial as Billy Fleming grounded out to second. The start avoided a double play chance and put a runner in scoring position. Justin Fox, who had entered the game in the 10th to pinch run for DH Matt Frazer, then walked on five pitches, bringing Price out for a meeting.

The discussion was mostly about positioning and strategy, though, as Price didn't have anyone up in the bullpen. Things looked like they might work out for Kansas, however, when Jacob Rice hit a soft liner to second baseman Justin Portacio, who nearly doubled Fox off first to end the inning.

That brought Alan Filauro to the plate with two outs, and the catcher then ripped the first pitch deep down the line to left field to plate McBroom and send the Mountaineer fans home happy.

Filauro drove in the winning run in both games of the doubleheader. McBroom had a single and scored twice for WVU. Alex DeLeon finished one hit short of the cycle going 3-5 with a home run, single and double to lead Kansas.

West Virginia returns to Morgantown on Tuesday to face arch-rival Pitt in the Backyard Basebrawl on Buck Nite at Hawley Field. All tickets are $1 at the gate, hotdogs, popcorn and drinks are all $1. WAJR will have the radio call and MSN will once again stream the video of the game on WVUSports.com.


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