West Virginia's 0-4 start in Big 12 play seems like eons ago.
Sunday's eighth-inning rally, triggered by Paul McIntosh scoring the go-ahead run on a plate, propelled the No. 22 Mountaineers roof and 7-4 win at Kansas State.
West Virginia (31-18, 13-11) matched its best Big 12 records since the conference seven years ago.
“What a huge game,” said WVU coach Randy Mazey, his team likely to win. “After starting the conference season 0-4, to come back to 13-11 and put yourself in this position, it's been a great, great regular season.”
Tyler Doanes and Brandon White horn for the Mountaineers, whose 15 hits overall were two.
The Mountaineers, only 4-15 when trailing after seven innings, entered the eighth down 4-3. With two aboard, Ivan Gonzalez faked a pound and squared the game.
McAntosh tagged at the start of the day. The run was upheld after a review that required 5 minutes.
Two more runs ensued on a Doanes sac-fly and White's single.
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Kansas State (25-28, 8-13) stay 1 1/2 games for the final 12 tournaments.
West Virginia starter Kade Strowd up to 5 weeks. He struck out five but left with a 4-3 deficit.
Cameron Thompson 's two – out – at – time After Zach Ottinger (2-0) relieved Strowd, Thompson scored on Thomas Hughes' soft single to right-center.
K-State's Jordan Wicks scattered 10 hits over seven innings, three runs and fanning seven.
WVU up 2-0 in the first. K-State got a RBI single.
West Virginia takes place in the fifth on White'ss sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Strowd walked Hughes and surrendered before Chris Ceballos hit a sac-fly.
The Mountaineers, who are close to the game in the world, in the state 12 in the Big 12 standings.