Posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:02 PM
Jacob Rice led the West Virginia offense during the Big 12 series finale Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the West Virginia Mountaineers earned a 6-3 win in 10 innings against the Texas Longhorns at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Billy Fleming went 3-for-5, including an RBI single in the 10th that broke the tie before Rice hit a two-run single to cap the scoring. Corey Walter picked up the win for West Virginia (23-18, 6-6) with 4 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, allowing one unearned run with five walks and four strikeouts while Pascal Paul retired three in a row in the 10th after the Longhorns (21-17, 5-10) had put their first two runners on base.
The Mountaineers were the first to jump on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a run from Taylor Munden after he doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on Ryan Tuntland’s RBI groundout. The Longhorns quickly matched the run in the bottom of the fourth after Mark Payton tripled to right field and scored on Ty Marlow’s sacrifice fly.
West Virginia regained the lead in the fifth as Rice hit a solo homer to left for the 2-1 advantage. Brooks Marlow singled in the bottom of the fifth, advancing to second on the fielding error by Rice in left field. Weston Hall and pinch-hitter Erich Weiss to load the bases before C.J Hinojosa lifted a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game. Hall gave Texas a 3-2 lead after a passed ball scored him from third.