Manoah Gets Early Rest As WVU slams GW

Manoah Gets Early Rest As WVU slams GW

MORGANTOWN, W.Va–Half of Alek Manoah was still plenty good enough.

With the postseason looming, West Virginia’s ace pitcher went just three and two-thirds innings Thursday night against George Washington. But it was still good enough for the junior righthander to get the win and improve his record to 8-3 this season, as WVU rolled the Colonials 10-1 at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Darius Hill
West Virginia outfielder Darius Hill

Manoah struck out four of the 15 GW batters he faced. It certainly didn’t match his pair of 15K, complete game performances earlier in the year, but the four strikeouts still were enough to push his season total to 125. It surpassed West Virginia’s previous single-season best of 124 set by John Radosevich in 1964.

The Mountaineers scored first Thursday when Tyler Doanes crossed the plate in the bottom of the opening inning, driven home on a single by Darius Hill. The Colonials responded, though, with three straight singles and a lone run to begin the second. Monoah stopped the bleeding with three consecutive outs, but the game was tied at 1-1.

It remained that way until the bottom of the third when WVU exploded for seven runs, as it used one walk, six hits and a wild pitch to build an 8-1 lead.

Monoah took that advantage into the top of the fourth and got a couple quick outs. The second of those was a strike out, giving him West Virginia’s single-season record. At that point, WVU head coach Randy Mazey decided to rest the Miami native for the postseason ahead. Mazey brought freshman Ryan Bergert out of the bullpen. Bergert and three other Mountaineer relievers allowed GW no runs and just four hits over the next five and one-third innings. Meanwhile WVU added single runs in the seventh and eighth to capture the non-conference victory.

West Virginia finished the game with 14 hits. Hill led the Mountaineers with a 3-for-4 evening that included an RBI and two runs scored. Kevin Brophy and T.J. Lake were each 2-for-3.

The Colonials had eight hits in the game, four of them coming against Manoah. But they stranded seven runners and didn’t manage any extra base hits.

The Mountaineers improved to 33-18 with Thursday’s win while GW fell to 30-23. The two clubs will return to Mon County Ballpark on Friday night and then finish off the three-game series on Saturday afternoon, which will be the final regular season contest for both clubs.

For Manoah, it was his second shortest outing in his 13 starts this season. Only an early season loss at Oregon State, when he gave up seven runs, four of them earned, and worked just two innings, was shorter.

The this time his early departure had a greater purpose, as he and the Mountaineers are looking ahead to the Big 12 Championships next week in Oklahoma City and then an NCAA Tournament appearance the week after that.


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    So Greg, how much cyphering are you ready for?

    While we would like to have Baylor win this series against the pokes in order to gain 3rd in the conference, would we get a better boost in RPI for the pokes to win the series  since we won that series?  Does it matter at this juncture since the final RPIs after the Conference Tournament will rule?

    For my money, I would rather get the 3rd spot in the conference tourney.  Though it would be sweet to get the regional here.


    Pedro, good question. If goal is for WVU to get an opportunity to host an NCAA regional, it likely needs as many quality RPI wins at the Big 12 Tournament as it can get. Currently Oklahoma State actually has the best RPI among Big 12 schools at No. 10, followed by No. 11 Texas Tech, No. 17 WVU, No. 26 Baylor, No. 40 Oklahoma, No. 50 Texas, Nov. 72 TCU, No, 75 Kansas State and No. 76 Kansas. It’s still hard to figure out the Big 12 Tournament bracket because so much can change. WVU is currently fourth in the Big 12 and obviously has no regular season conference games left, so it’s 13-11 league record won’t change. Everyone else in the Big 12 still has conference games left, so there will likely be a lot of juggling still. For WVU, it could catch Oklahoma State for third, but the Cowboys would have to lose two of their three games in Stillwater this weekend to Baylor (14-7). OSU defeated the Bears last night, so now Baylor needs to sweep the final two games at Oklahoma State for WVU to move up to third. West Virginia also could potentially drop to fifth if TCU sweeps its three final regular season games at Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs won in extra innings in Lubbock last night to even their league mark to 11-11. TCU will still need to win two more at Tech (14-8) to move up to fourth and bump WVU to fifth (TCU has the tiebreaker over WVU, that’s why it is fourth even if both have 13-11 records). WVU can finish no lower than fifth. The No. 4 and No. 5 seeds will meet in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament next week in OKC, so other than cosmetics, there isn’t much difference in those two spots. Because right now places 1-3 in the league are so jumbled – Baylor is 1, Texas Tech 2 and Oklahoma State 3, but OSU can still move all the way to No. 1 though that would entail the Cowboys not only sweeping Baylor but TCU sweeping Tech, since the Red Raiders hold the tiebreaker over OSU. Wins in the Big 12 Tournament over Tech and Oklahoma State would certainly be the best to boost West Virginia’s RPI, but if the standings don’t change – and that’s unlikely – TTU and OSU would be on the opposite side of the Big 12 bracket from the Mountaineers, meaning WVU would only have a chance to play one of them and then only in a championship game. A win over No. 26 Baylor also would help WVU’s RPI, but I’m not sure there is enough strength in the others in the field to greatly enhance West Virginia’s RPI. Obviously facing some grouping of Baylor, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State would make West Virginia’s road to a Big 12 title difficult, but in talking to Mazey, my guess is the Mountaineers probably need two such wins in OKC to ensure themselves of an opportunity to host an NCAA Regional. One such win will make it close. Don’t know if that answered your question, but that’s my cyphering.



    Kevin has a good story on this very subject on the front page at

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