By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com
March 29, 2010
WVU VARSITY SPORTS REPORT
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - WVU junior outfielder Dom Hayes has been named athlete of the week for his performance in play last week. Hayes went 7-for-15 with four RBIs, four doubles and two runs scored in the Mountaineers 3-1 showing last week.
The Freehold, N.J., native recorded at least one base hit in every game, and now carries a nine-game hitting streak. He had one of his best performances of the season against Bowling Green last Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two doubles.
His two-run double in the sixth inning knotted the game at 4-4 and he added another two-run double in the seventh that gave WVU an 8-4 lead. Hayes also recorded his team-leading 15th multiple-hit game of the season last Friday against the Pirates.
This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia has completed its season with a 29-6 record.
Last Week in Women’s Basketball: The No. 3-seeded West Virginia University women’s basketball team fell to the No. 11 seed San Diego State Aztecs, 64-55, in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of Texas … the Mountaineers were led by junior Liz Repella, who finished with a double-double for the second-consecutive game with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort ... junior Sarah Miles finished with 15 points, while junior Vanessa House had nine points … San Diego State’s Jene Morris ended the day with a game-high 27 points, followed by Quenese Davis who had 19 points … the Aztecs shot 23-of-52 (44.2 percent), including 4-of-8 from 3 ... Davis and Jessika Bradley also had eight rebounds apiece … West Virginia had its best season in school history with 29 wins ... Repella’s 12 rebounds were a career high and NCAA Tournament high for WVU.
Notes and Quotes: Repella became the first Mountaineer in school history to post consecutive double-doubles in NCAA Tournament play … WVU’s 29 wins on the season set a school record … WVU has now advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four years … WVU is 5-6 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
This Week in Baseball: The West Virginia University baseball team plays its second BIG EAST opponent of the season as it plays host to Connecticut … the series begins on Thursday, April 1, at 5 p.m. at Hawley Field, followed by game times of 3 p.m. and noon on Friday and Saturday … youth league players attending Saturday’s game will receive a free baseball courtesy of Through With Chew.
Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia finished 3-1 with victories against Bowling Green and a series win over Seton Hall … WVU defeated the Falcons, 10-7, on Tuesday … the Mountaineers fell to the Pirates, 2-0, on Friday, but bounced back with 5-2 and 3-0 victories on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Notes and Quotes: WVU’s two wins over Seton Hall mark the fifth-consecutive season the Mountaineers have won their opening BIG EAST series … WVU swept Pitt in 2006 and 2008, swept Seton Hall in 2007 and also took three from Connecticut last season … WVU’s 3-0 win over Seton Hall on Sunday is its first road shutout against a BIG EAST opponent since defeating Connecticut, 14-0, on May 12, 2007 … junior left-hander Eric Hinkle shut out the Pirates in a 3-0 win on Sunday … Hinkle’s 8.1 innings pitched are the most by a WVU pitcher this season … junior Dom Hayes led WVU at the plate this week … Hayes finished 7-for-15 with four RBIs, four doubles and two runs scored … he led the Mountaineers in their 10-7 win over Bowling Green, finishing 3-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs and two doubles … senior reliever Andy Altemus recorded two saves this week … in 2.2 innings pitched, Altemus did not allow a hit and induced two important double plays.
This Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers do not compete this week … the team awaits to hear word on whether it has qualified for the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional ... regionals are set for April 10 at the WVU Coliseum.
Last Week in Gymnastics: The Mountaineers (19-9, 12-2 EAGL) scored 195.075 points and finished third at the 2010 EAGL Championship on March 27, in Durham, N.H. … UNC finished first (196.025) and NC State took second (195.7) … WVU finished third on beam (48.7) and vault (48.9), and fourth on bars (48.775) and floor (48.7) … junior Amy Bieski tallied 39.1 points and finished seventh overall … sophomore Tina Maloney put forth one of her best vault efforts of the year, matching a season-best 9.825 and finishing eighth overall … Bieski followed Maloney in the rotation with a 9.8 vault, while senior Chelsi Tabor anchored the event with a 9.775 score … junior Alysha Pretzello anchored the Mountaineers’ bars lineup with a career-best 9.825 routine and finished seventh overall with the meet’s fourth-best mark … sophomore Nicole Roach finished second for the Mountaineers with a 9.8 score … Tabor and Bieski finished second on the squad, eighth overall, with 9.775 marks, while Roach and senior Shelly Purkat earned 9.675 scores … Bieski anchored the Mountaineers’ floor lineup with a team-best 9.8 routine, good enough for sixth place overall.
Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers earned their second-best score of the season … the squad has finished in the top three at the league championship in nine of the last 11 years … Bieski has scored seven 39.0-plus marks this season and 14 in her career … she ranks seventh on the WVU all-time list … additionally, her championship score pushes her career-point total to 1,435.8 and moves her into 17th place on the WVU all-time career points list … prior to Saturday’s championship, four Mountaineers were honored with all-EAGL awards … Bieski was named to the floor and all-around first teams, and the vault, bars and beam second teams … Roach was the only other first team all-EAGL honoree and was named to the bars squad … Tabor was named to the vault and beam second teams, while Maloney was named to the floor second team.
This Week in Track & Field: The West Virginia University track and field team is idle this week ... the Mountaineers will return to action on April 9-10, at the Sea Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.
Last Week in Track & Field: WVU completed its trip to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., Friday evening with all five student-athletes posting personal-best times and qualifying for the BIG EAST and ECAC Championships … the rest of the Mountaineer team then turned around to post a strong performance at the Bill Van Horne Invitational on Saturday in Wheeling, W.Va.
Notes and Quotes: Senior Clara Grandt led the team as she finished in seventh place in section one of the 5,000-meter race with a BIG EAST qualifying time of 16:01.18 … the finish places her second on WVU’s all-time performance list behind Olympian Megan Metcalfe … in section two of the 5,000 meter junior Kate Harrison finished in fifth (16:24.40), while sophomore Sarah Anne Brault finished 11th (16:27.66) and Ahna Lewis finished in 14th (16:29.94) … junior Stephanie Caruso started the day off in section four of the 5,000 meter, as she crossed the line in 11th place with a time of 17:26.28 ... at the Bill Van Horne Invitational senior Kerry Davis had a good showing, leading the Mountaineers with a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter race, crossing the line in 10:52.80, while senior Katie Burda followed third with a time of 11:12.53 … also racing well was sophomore Kelly Fortune who finished second in the 100-meter dash (12.88) and as a member of the 4x400 relay team … the team of Fortune, Jordann Mitchell, Brittany Wolford and Arielle Gaither finished with a time of 4:05.60 … in the field events, sophomore Lindsay Kopenhaver placed fifth in the pole vault after clearing 2.90 meters, while junior Katelyn Williams finished eighth in the shot put (10.20 meters) … junior Terina Miller also had a good showing in the hammer throw, finishing second, throwing 44.82 … freshman Heather Adams then placed fifth (39.93 meters) and Brittany Thomas finished in 12th (33.84).
This Week in Tennis: WVU will continue action on April 4, as it travels to Chicago, Ill., to face BIG EAST foe DePaul.
Last Week in Tennis: The West Virginia University tennis team (13-3, 4-0 BIG EAST) traveled to Columbia, Mo., on March 20, where it defeated Houston in a 4-3 match, followed by a 1-6 loss to Missouri.
Notes and Quotes: WVU started off the match against Houston by winning the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and 3 spots … sophomore Veronica Cardenas (No. 3) began the singles competition with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over the Cougars’ Laura Ring … senior Stephanie LaFortune and freshman Emily Mathis were defeated in the No. 1 and 4 spots, bringing the match to 2-2 … junior Monique Burton added to the team’s victory with a third-set win in the No. 2 spot over Houston’s Joanna Kacprzyk … sophomore Kathryn Haught captured the match-clinching point against Maja Kazimieruk in a 6-3, 7-5 match … WVU started its match against Mizzou with losing the doubles point, with the lone win by the No. 3 doubles pair of junior Ashley Pilsbury and freshman Liv Pettersson in an 8-4 match against Missouri’s Maria Christensen and Andrea Lewis … senior Stephanie LaFortune captured the Mountaineers only point of the day in a third-set tiebreaker against the Tiger’s Kaitlyn Ritchie.
This Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers are set to continue action this week as they compete against North Carolina on Lake Lure in N.C., on April 2.
Last Week in Rowing: WVU traveled to Lake Lure, N.C. on Saturday to begin its season in a scrimmage against Ohio State’s Club team.
Notes and Quotes: “We thank coach Dodd and his crews for scrimmaging with us in the final row of their week here at Lake Lure,” says coach Jimmy King. “While neither of our squads were at full strength today, the competition provided valuable feedback for us as we start our week-long training camp. While all four of our racing pieces had obvious elements that need to be addressed, the most positive aspect from the scrimmage is that the crew made adjustments and improvements and rowed better in each piece. Hopefully that’s a sign of a great week of training ahead.”