VSR: Buckner Student-Athlete of the Week


By Daniel Whitehead for WVUsports.com
April 18, 2011 03:08 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Redshirt senior shortstop Grant Buckner has been named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance in a series against Notre Dame last weekend.

Buckner had his best performance on Sunday, finishing the game with a 3-for-5 performance, including two runs, a double, a home run and three RBIs. Buckner completed the weekend batting 6-for-12 with four runs, two doubles, a home run and four RBIs.

What is more impressive is what Buckner has done in his career against the Irish, going 13-for-37 with 13 runs, three doubles, five home runs and 20 RBIs. Buckner is currently riding a 16-game hitting streak.


WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Brandon Rader, r-Sr., Wrestling
Week 2: Madina Ali, Sr., Women’s Basketball
Week 3: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
Week 4: Emily Kerwin, Sr., Gymnastics
Week 5: Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
Week 6: Amy Bieski, Sr., Gymnastics
Week 7: Rachael Burnett, So., Swimming & Diving
Mandie Nugent, So., Swimming & Diving
Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
Week 8: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
Week 9: Hope Sloanhoffer, Fr., Gymnastics
Week 10: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
Week 11: Amy Bieski, Sr., Gymnastics
Liz Repella, Sr., Women’s Basketball
Week 12: Jared Goldthorpe, So., Men’s Swimmiing
Week 13: Kaylyn Millick, So., Gymnastics
Week 14: Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
Week 15: Grant Buckner, r-Sr., Baseball


This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team will return home for a three-game series against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall from April 21-23 … Thursday’s game starts at 7:05 p.m., while Friday’s game will begin at 5 p.m., and Saturday’s finale beginning at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Baseball
The squad went 2-1 last week, splitting a doubleheader at Notre Dame last Friday and winning on Sunday … WVU took the first game in 10 innings by a score of 6-4, and lost the second 5-2 … the Mountaineers then came back on Sunday and won 8-1 ... Friday’s second game was shown live on ESPNU.

Notes and Quotes
Senior right-hander Andy Berry led the Mountaineer pitching staff with a nine-inning complete game in Sunday’s finale … Berry allowed just one run on three hits and struck out five, including the final three Notre Dame batters … redshirt freshman lefty Marshall Thompson went 6.1 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs in the first game of the series, while freshman righty Corey Walter pitched seven innings of relief in the second game, allowing two earned runs and four hits … redshirt senior shortstop Grant Buckner led the team at the plate with a 6-for-12 performance, including four runs, two doubles, a home run and four RBIs … senior third baseman Justin McDavid batted 5-for-13 with a run and two doubles.

“This was a huge weekend for us to win two out of three. We were fortunate. Their pitching is really good, and to get to play a game on national television, our guys were really excited. Any time you can win one on the road you’ve done pretty well, and to win two out of three, I’m really proud of our guys.” – coach Greg Van Zant

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers are heading to Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 22, to race against Georgetown and George Washington on the Potomac River.

Last Week in Rowing
WVU’s Novice four boat was honored as the BIG EAST Boat of the Week on Wednesday, April 13, for its performance at the Knecht Cup Regatta.

Notes and Quotes
In their first time rowing together, the Novice four crew of coxswain Morgan Leach, Sara Olenich, Danika Rencken, Jessica Hurlbert and Christina Mehrtens took first out of 41 teams in the Grand Finals of their respective race ...WVU qualified for the finals after taking first in heat four and second in the semifinals ... the Mountaineers won the gold in the finals with a time of 8:21.49 ... the boat took the lead over Massachusetts, Loyola, Villanova, George Mason and Vassar.

This Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers are idle this week and will continue action on Thursday, April 29, as they travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the 2011 BIG EAST Championships.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU was idle last week.

Notes and Quotes
WVU currently holds a record of 8-12 and 4-5 in BIG EAST action ... the Mountaineers finished their regular season on April 10, with a 5-2 victory over BIG EAST foe Connecticut ... WVU started the match against UConn by sweeping the doubles competition ... the Huskies captured two points in singles in the No. 1 and No. 6 spots ... WVU captured the remaining matches in the No. 2-5 spots.

This Week in Track & Field
The West Virginia University track and field team is set to travel to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend for the Jesse Owens Invitational hosted by Ohio State.

Last Week in Track & Field
Despite battling severe weather throughout the day, the Mountaineers finished the Kent Taylor - Joe Hilton Carolina Invitational hosted by North Carolina with several top finishes.

Notes and Quotes
Senior Chelsea Carrier remains undefeated in the 100-meter hurdles this season after finishing first with a time of 13.47, while freshman Chené Townsend followed in third in the event, with a time of 14.09 … junior Stephanie Aldea won 3,000-meter run with a time of 10.04.52 … senior April Rotilio posted an excellent showing in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.73 … in the long jump, junior Meghan Mock captured first with a BIG EAST Championship qualifying performance after clearing 6.09 meters … WVU’s 4x400-meter relay team also captured first, as Carrier, Rotilio, Megan Mischler and Jordann Mitchell finished with a combined time of 3:53.01 … in other field events, freshman Katlyn Shelar finished fourth in the pole vault (3.50 meters), while junior Terina Miller finished sixth in the hammer throw (49.69 meters) and second in the shot put (11.80 meters).



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