via WVU Sports
In a pitcher's duel between Friday night aces, the West Virginia University baseball team lost the opening game of the series to No. 19 Oklahoma, 2-1, on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Mountaineers (14-11, 0-4 Big 12) and Sooners (22-5, 4-0) each had five hits in the contest, but a two-run second inning for OU proved to be the difference. WVU, which had the game-tying run on second base in the ninth inning, was held to one run in the sixth inning.
Junior right-handed starter Alek Manoah had another quality start, his fifth in seven starts this season, but suffered the loss to fall to 3-2 on the season. In 7.1 innings, he allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
For Oklahoma, Cade Cavalli allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in 5.0 innings. He improved to 4-1 on the year, as four relievers followed to hold WVU to one hit in the final 4.0 innings.
Mountaineers and Sooners will meet again tomorrow at 2 p.m.