"What they have done this year, just the grit and grind-it-out mentality, they are relentless and they never give up,'' West Virginia coach Randy Mazey said. "That's a perfect example. Down 5-0, we had made five errors and a chance to catch TCU's record [of nine, set a night earlier against WVU] in the middle of the game, but what a turnaround.''
Until West Virginia's sixth-inning rally the Mountaineers seemed intent upon handing the game to second-seeded Oklahoma State (39-17). For instance, when it looked like starter John Means was going to get off to a great start after retiring the first two batters of the game, a throwing error put a man on and then cleanup hitter Randy McCurry sent an 0-2 pitch out of the park for a 2-0 OSU lead.
The Cowboys added another run in the fourth on two-out throwing errors that would have ended the inning, then got two more to make it 5-0 as WVU made two more errors in the sixth.
That would be it for Means, who left after six full innings having given up six hits and five unearned runs, walking two and striking out two.
By the time Corey Walter relieved to start the seventh, though, it was a new game after WVU's five-run explosion tied the score. Walter immediately got into trouble when he gave up a single and hit a batter, but retired the side without giving up a run.
He escaped an even worse jam in the eighth. Two singles wrapped around a walk and a sacrifice bunt loaded the bases with one out for Oklahoma State, but Walter induced second baseman Donnie Walton to hit into an inning-ending double play and the score remained tied.
Walter finally retired the side in order in the ninth and gave up just a single in the 10th. In all, Walter (5-5) got the win with four innings of scoreless, four-hit relief.