In a wild game that featured 2 lightning delays, Texas used 4 no-hit innings of relief from Matt Whelan and a 6-run 7th inning to come from behind and defeat West Virginia in the series opener, 11-6.
Whelan picked up the first win of his career in relief of starter Nolan Kingham, who lasted 5 innings, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 5 and walking 4.
Kingham ran into trouble early in the 1st inning. After a leadoff single by Braden Zabrbinsky, Brandon White smacked a triple into the gap in left-center, staking West Virginia to a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd, the Mountaineers extended their lead to 2-0 after an errant pickoff throw with runners at the corners brought home Kyle Gray.
The Longhorns responded in the 4th with 2 runs of their own following a 36 minute lightning delay. Zach Zubia worked a 2 out walk and scored on a opposite field triple by David Hamilton. Ryan Reynolds then brought home Hamilton with a single to even the score.
The Mountaineers would re-take the lead with a 3-run 5th inning. Marques Inman led off the frame with a walk and advanced to third following a fielding error by David Hamilton to place runners at the corners. Tyler Doanes would bring home Inman with a RBI double to give West Virginia a 3-2 lead. Ivan Gonzalez would add the final 2 runs of the inning on a RBI single, stretching the lead to 5-2.
After the two teams traded runs in 6th, the Longhorns exploded for 6 runs in the top half of the 7th. The frame began with Masen Hibbeler and Kody Clemens both being hit by a pitch. After Zach Zubia reached on an error to load the bases, David Hamilton singled to bring home a run. Ryan Reynolds quickly followed a ground-rule double to tie the game at 6. David Petrinsky would give Texas the lead for good with a 2-run single up the middle, giving the Longhorns their first lead of the game at 8-6. Tate Shaw tacked on the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly.
A RBI single by Reynolds in the 8th and a solo home run by Hibbeler in the 9th would give Texas the winning margin of 11-6.
Texas and West Virginia will return to action today for game 2. First pitch is schedule for 3 PM CST and can be streamed online at wvusports.com.