Filauro’s walk off leads WVU to sweep of Kansas
BECKLEY – A two-out walk-off single to left field by senior catcher Alan Filauro led the West Virginia University baseball team to a 3-2 12-inning win to sweep Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
The sweep is the first for WVU in the Big 12 and allowed the Mountaineers improve to 27-18 overall and 9-6 in the Big 12. Despite outhitting WVU 9-7, Kansas fell to 25-18 overall and 9-9 in conference play.
“Our team just grinds it out. Going into the season we knew we were facing a lot of adversity with the travel, the schedule and getting into a new conference,” coach Randy Mazey says. “We tried to prepare them accordingly and if you know adversity is coming, you can respond to it pretty well.”
Filauro came to the plate with runners on first and second base and knocked a first-pitch line drive single to left field, plating junior first baseman Ryan McBroom from second base for the victory. McBroom was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and was advanced to second on a ground out to second base by sophomore second baseman Billy Fleming.
McBroom finished the day with two runs and one hit, while a total of seven different Mountaineer batters recorded a hit.
Junior Corey Walter (4-4) picked up his second-consecutive relief win, allowing no runs on two hits in four innings. Walter struck out three and did not issue a walk.
Sophomore shortstop Taylor Munden led off the bottom of the first with a triple to left center field and was driven in on a sacrifice fly to right field by junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
The Mountaineers return to Hawley Field to take on Pitt on Tuesday, April 30, for the last home game in Morgantown this season. First pitch is 6 p.m. and the game has been designated as a “Dollar Night” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for just one dollar.