Texas pitcher Bryce Elder (13) throws a pitch against West Virginia on April 26, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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The Final Pitch: West Virginia 3, Texas 2

Posted April 26th, 2019

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West Virginia managed only three hits on Friday night, but two of them left the ballpark in a close win at UFCU Disch-Falk FIeld.

The Big 12’s regular-season championship in 2018, Texas slumped to 5-10 in conference play. The loss was UT’s fifth straight and ninth in its last 13 games.

Texas (24-20) held a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning before West Virginia pinch-hitter TJ Lake hit a two-run homer off UT starter Bryce Elder. Ryan Reynolds countered that shot with an RBI single in the inning’s bottom half, but Marques Inman clobbered a one-out offering from Matteo Bocchi in the final frame. West Virginia (25-14; 9-7) retired the Longhorns in order during UT’s final at-bat.

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Neither Elder or Alek Manoah factored in the pitching decision on Friday. Elder retired the first 17 batters he faced and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Manoah, who had recorded 15-strikeout shutouts in each of his last two starts, allowed seven hits and a run over his seven innings.

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A freshman, Kennedy singled three times and hit a double on Friday. Kennedy, who collected eight hits over consecutive games at TCU last month,  recorded his third four-hit performance of the season. Having accomplished the feat in a rout of Texas Southern, Masen Hibbeler is responsible for UT’s only other four-hit game this spring.

Kennedy entered the game with a team-leading .286 batting average.

NOTABLE NUMBER: 14. In four games against Texas, Manoah has thrown 14 innings. Manoah started in a 2017 duel with the Longhorns and then made two relief appearances last year. West Virginia is unbeaten in games that Manoah has pitched against Texas.

  • 2017 (WVU 4, UT 3): 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 4 BB
  • 2018 (WVU 8, UT 6): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB
  • 2018 (WVU 8, UT 3): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
  • 2019: (WVU 3, UT 2): 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 2 BB

UP NEXT: Texas will send RHP Blair Henley (6-2; 3.81) to the mound on Saturday. West Virginia is set to start LHP Jackson Wolf (2-2; 3.61).

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