College baseball: West Virginia manhandles Oklahoma

West Virginia scored five runs in the top of the first inning, and starting pitcher John Means made it stand up as the Mountaineers whipped Oklahoma 7-0 on Thursday in Big 12 baseball before 818 fans at Mitchell Park.
From Staff Reports Published: April 17, 2014
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NORMAN — West Virginia scored five runs in the top of the first inning, and starting pitcher John Means made it stand up as the Mountaineers whipped Oklahoma 7-0 on Thursday in Big 12 baseball before 818 fans at Mitchell Park.

Means was excellent through eight innings. He gave up seven hits and one walk and struck out six while improving to 5-1. Ryan Tezak allowed a ninth-inning walk, but he finished unscathed to help the Mountaineers move to 18-15 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12.

West Virginia had six hits in the first inning off OU starter Corey Copping. Jacob Rice’s two-run double was the Mountaineers’ big hit.

Copping surrendered all seven runs on 13 hits and no walks. He struck out six.

Austin O’Brien and Taylor Alspaugh had two hits each for OU (24-15, 4-6).

The series continues at 6 p.m. Friday.

Sophomore Adam Choplick is the scheduled starting pitcher for Oklahoma. Harrison Musgrave, who was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in 2013, will throw for West Virginia.