CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Jackson Cramer (Fr.) hit a pinch hit, walk-off double in the 12th inning Friday to lift the West Virginia Mountaineers to a victory in their first Big 12 Conference game of the season defeating the Baylor Bears 8-7. Cramer was called on to pinch hit for Max Nogay (Jr., DH) who was 1-for-2 in the game with his only hit being a sixth inning grand slam that broke open a tie game, giving West Virginia a 6-2 lead.
West Virginia opened up a 2-0 lead in the first after Taylor Munden (Jr., SS) and Bobby Boyd (Jr., CF) led the inning off with a pair of singles. Both would score on an infield single by Ryan McBroom (Sr., 1B). Baylor would tie the game at two with a solo homer in the second off the bat of Adam Toth (Jr., RF) and a bases loaded single by Duncan Wendel (Jr., 3B) in the third. Toth’s home run was his first on the year.
West Virginia starter Harrison Musgrave (RJr., LHP) and Baylor starter Brad Kuntz (RJr. ,LHP) dueled to a 2-2 tie until Nogay’s grand slam, second homer of the year. Kuntz would leave the game after issuing four straight two-out walks which scored another Mountaineer run for a 7-2 lead. Kuntz allowed seven runs on seven hits and five walks with only one strike out. Musgrave left the game with the lead after seven innings of work allowing only two earned runs on four hits and four walks with five strike outs.
Baylor would mount a ninth inning rally to tie the game at seven with four walks, a hit batsman and two singles. The Bears drew two bases loaded walks and a hit by pitch to cut the lead to 7-5 before Ben Carl‘s (RFr., 3B) bases loaded single to center field scored Brett Doe (Sr., SS) and Matt Menard (RFr., C) to tie the game.
Jacob Rice (Sr., LF) led of the home half of the 12th with a double and would score on Cramer’s walk-off double to win the game for the Mountaineers who move to 1-0 in the Big 12. Baylor falls to 4-3.
West Virginia leads the series 1-0 with the two teams playing again on Saturday with Sean Carley (RJr., RHP) 4-0, 2.82 ERA on the bump for the Mountaineers against Baylor’s Austin Stone (Jr., RHP) 3-1, 0.97 ERA.