Manoah Dominates, WVU Hits Early in 6-0 Win Over Kansas State

Alek Manoah
West Virginia pitcher Alek Manaoh delivers one of his 103 strikes vs. Texas Tech to the plate

Manoah Dominates, WVU Hits Early in 6-0 Win Over Kansas State

It’s a measure of just how good Alek Manoah has been this year that an eight-inning, 13 strikeout, three-hit performance is viewed as something of a routine performance. Of course, it’s anything but.

West Virginia
West Virginia infielder Tyler Doanes lines up a pitch

That’s just what West Virginia’s Friday night starter delivered against Kansas State as the Mountaineers got off to an excellent start with a 6-0 win in the opener of their final Big 12 regular season series against the Wildcats. Manoah yielded just one walk in addition to three singles, and was threatened in only one inning. In the sixth, K-State (24-27, 7-12) put two aboard with one out, but Manoah got a strikeout, throwout double play when he fanned Thomas Hughes and catcher Ivan Gonzalez threw out Jaxon Passino trying to steal third.

Manoah was otherwise untroubled, recording five 1-2-3 innings before departing after throwing 102 pitches, earning the win to move to 7-3 on the season.

By the time K-State mounted its sole scoring threat, WVU (30-17, 12-10) was already in control. Tyler Doanes led off the game with a solo home run, and Brandon White scored when he got a hit, stole second, and advanced the final 180 feet on a pair of groundouts to give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead.

That gave Manoah a nice pad, but one inning later the Mountaineers built it into a comfy cushion. Gonzalez doubled and scored on TJ Lake’s single, and then Tucker got aboard when his bunt was thrown away by K-State starter Caleb Littlejim (5-3). Doanes grounded out to the right side to score Lake, then Tucker came home on a wild pitch to make the score 5-0.

WVU got its final run in the fourth when White doubled home Tevin Tucker.

Dillon Meadows closed things out in the ninth, allowing one walk by striking out two.

White and Lake each had two hits for the Mountaineers, while Doanes had two RBI. Four of West Virginia’s seven hits went for extra bases.

The two teams play again at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, with Jackson Wolf scheduled to take the mound for the Mountaineers.


Alek Manoah now has 121 strikeouts this year, which is the second-highest single season total in WVU history. John Radosevich holds the record with 123, which he set in 1964.

* * * * * * *

Manoah struck out eight of the nine K-State starters he faced at least once, including first baseman Terrence Spurlin three times.

* * * * * * *

West Virginia was .538 (7-13) in advancing baserunners in the game, which was played in a snappy two hours and 36 minutes.

* * * * * * *