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Jayhawks pull away late, beat Mountaineers 7-2 at Big 12 tournament

Tucker Tharp and Michael Suiter each had two hits and two RBIs, leading Kansas to a 7-2 victory over third-seeded West Virginia at the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

The sixth-seeded Jayhawks (32-24) broke open a close game with five runs over the final three innings. Kevin Kuntz drove in a run on Kansas' second squeeze of the game in the seventh, and Suiter's RBI single made it 4-1. Tharp's two-run double in the eighth stretched the lead to 6-2.

Michael Constantini had an RBI double in the second and Jacob Rice singled in a run in the eighth for West Virginia (31-26) in its Big 12 tournament debut.

Dan Dierdorff (4-8) gave up four runs on nine hits in seven innings for the Mountaineers.

Thomas Taylor (6-2) went 7 1-3 innings for the Jayhawks, giving up two runs on four hits.