Beckley, W.Va. West Virginia seems to have Kansas University’s number, and it would seem to be “1.”
The Mountaineers won a pair of one-run Big 12 baseball games with the Jayhawks on Saturday, their third straight single-score victory over KU in two days.
WVU won Saturday’s opener, 4-3, and the nightcap, 3-2 in 12 innings, on the heels of a 1-0 WVU victory in the opener Friday.
Kansas (25-18 overall, 9-9 Big 12) outhit West Virginia, 16-1, on the day, but the Mountaineers improved to 27-18, 9-6.
After WVU benefitted from complete-game efforts from the starting pitchers in the first two games, the third game of the series was a bit of an anomaly. KU actually got into the West Virginia bullpen, but the relievers were just as stingy as the starters, throwing zeros from the eighth inning on.
Kansas used three hits, including a leadoff home run by Alex DeLeon and an RBI single by Ka’iana Eldredge, to tie the game in the seventh inning, then moved a runner into scoring position to chase John Means in the eighth.
After loading the bases, Pascal Paul struck out Jordan Dreiling and got Dakota Smith to pop out to right to end the inning.
West Virginia won it in the 12th, when Alan Filauro singled down the left-field line to plate the clinching run.
Filauro also hit the go-ahead home run in the opener Saturday.
Relief ace Jordan Piché (5-2) took the loss in Game Two.
Wes Benjamin (4-5) took the complete-game loss in the opener.
Kansas will host Wichita State at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Kansas 021 000 000 — 3 7 2
West Virginia 310 000 00x — 4 4 0
W — Dan Dierdorff, 3-5. L — Wes Benjamin, 4-5.
2B — Michael Suiter, Alex DeLeon, Jacob Boylan, Kansas. HR —Alan Filauro, WVU.
Kansas highlights — Boylan 2-for-4, R, RBI; Justin Protacio 2-for-4, RBI; Benjamin 8 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, BB, 3 Ks.
Kansas 000 000 200 000 — 2 9 1
West Virginia 100 100 000 001 — 3 7 2
W —Corey Walter, 4-4. L — Jordan Piché, 5-2.
2B — Alex DeLeon, Jordan Dreiling, Kansas; Brady Wilson, Ryan McBroom, WVU. 3B — Taylor Munden, WVU. HR — DeLeon, Kansas.
Kansas highlights — DeLeon 3-for-5, R, RBI; Tucker Tharp 2-for-6.