CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University's Cinderella baseball team had quite an opportunity on Sunday at Charleston's Appalachian Power Park.
The Mountaineers had a chance to jump into a tie for first place in the Big 12 by winning a series over No. 10 Oklahoma.
They found a way - on the strength of a Means.
Starting WVU pitcher John Means gave up 11 hits to the now 34-14 Sooners, but only two runs in six innings of work to push his team to a 9-6 victory before 1,843 on a windy day.
The win moved the Mountaineers to a 29-20 overall record, but, perhaps more importantly, an 11-7 conference mark. That puts West Virginia, picked last in preseason league voting, in a tie for first with Oklahoma and Kansas State.
"Taking two from Oklahoma is always big," said WVU first baseman Ryan McBroom. "They're always at the top of the conference, but we came out and played right with them."
WVU's surprising season has placed Mountaineer coach Randy Mazey squarely in line for league coach-of-the-year honors.
"We knew what we were getting into," McBroom said. "But we prepared before the season. The coaches did a good job."
After falling to OU on Friday, WVU rebounded on Saturday for its first win over a Top 10 team since 1999, when it defeated Ohio State. On Sunday, WVU staked Oklahoma two first-inning runs, rallied for five in the second and held on late for the win. The Sooners scored four two-out eighth-inning runs.
The Mountaineers scored their nine runs on 11 hits, while OU had six on 16.