Texas's Kyle Jonhston seem h here pitching against Cal in 2015, gave up seven runs on Sunday. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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West Virginia sweeps Texas baseball team with 9-5 win

Posted May 8th, 2016

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West Virginia swept its Big 12 series against Texas with a 9-5 victory Sunday in Morgantown, W. Va.

The Mountaineers (27-19, 11-9) outscored Texas 34-14 this weekend and posted a .389 batting average.

Texas (21-27) has lost six straight conference games and is in sixth place in the conference at 9-12 with one more Big 12 series to go. The Longhorns will host Baylor (20-24, 6-12) next week.

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Texas starter Kyle Johnston had his worst start of the season on Sunday, allowing seven runs through 1 2/3 innings.

Johnston walked the first two batters of the game and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Darius Hill put the Mountaineers ahead with sacrifice fly to right. Ivan Vera then hit a single that added another WVU run and moved to second on an error. Jackson Cramer followed with a single to right field that plated Vera.

Johnston walked two more in the second inning and gave up back-to-back singles to Kyle Davis and Hill that put Mountaineers up 5-1. Hill went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Vera hit a fielder’s choice that stretched the lead to six and following another walk, Johnston was pulled. Johnston walked five batters and all five runners scored.

Connor Mayes replaced Johnston and gave up a double to Ray Guerrini that pushed WVU’s lead to six runs.

Texas cut the lead to three when Zane Gurwitz hit a three-run homer in the top of the third and Travis Jones made it a two-run game with a sacrifice in the fourth. Following the flyout, Texas got just one runner in scoring position the rest of the game.

Cramer hit singles off Mayes in the fourth and in the sixth that extended West Virginia’s lead to four runs. Cramer went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Mayes lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up six hits with one walk and struck out three batters.

West Virgnia’s Conner Dotson allowed five runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts through six innings. Former Hyde Park pitcher Jackson Singman threw two scoreless innings in relief for West Virginia and didn’t allow a hit.

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