MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team will face Morehead State on Tuesday evening in the annual Mountaineer Diamond Classic at Appalachian Power Park, in Charleston, W.Va. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
“It’s always one of the highlights of our season to play in the state capitol and at Power Park,” coach Greg Van Zant says. “It gives college baseball fans in the southern part of the state a chance to see us play. Our players and coaches are very excited about the opportunity to play there.”
WVU, who currently has an 11-15 record, was most recently swept at home by Connecticut in last weekend’s BIG EAST season opener.
Freshman outfielder Bobby Boyd
led WVU at the plate in the series, batting .417 (5-for-12) in three games with two runs, one double, one walk and one stolen base. Sophomore left fielder Matt Frazer
was 4-for-11 over the weekend with two doubles and two RBIs, while sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom
, freshman designated hitter Tyler Steele-Worsham
and junior outfielder Brady Wilson
all added home runs.
As a team, WVU is batting .244 with 51 extra-base hits and 92 runs driven in. The pitching staff has a 6.94 earned-run average in 218 innings with 140 strikeouts.
Tuesday’s starter has yet to be determined for WVU.
Morehead State comes into the game with a 13-11 record and opened conference play last weekend at Murray State, winning two after falling in the series opener.
“They’re very well coached and this is the best ball club they have had in awhile,” Van Zant says. “They’ve already won more games now than all of last year and their offensive numbers are very impressive, it will be a big challenge for us.”
Morehead State is led at the plate by Andrew Deeds, who is hitting .442 on the year with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and 16 RBIs. Chase Greenwell is batting .371 with 12 doubles, one triple and 13 RBIs, while Taylor Pickens is batting .350 with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBIs.
The Eagles are hitting .308 as a team with 50 doubles, seven triples, 17 homers and 25 steals in 38 attempts. The pitching staff has a 6.74 ERA with 151 strikeouts and 114 walks.
Left-hander Garrick Whittle will take the hill for the Eagles. Whittle has a record of 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA in three starts. He has allowed 13 runs in 9.1 innings with 17 walks and eight strikeouts.
Advance ticket orders are $5 for general admission and $7 for box seats. To order, call the West Virginia Power Box Office at (304) 344-BATS or visit www.WVPower.com.
Tickets purchased the day of the game will be $7 for general admission and $9 for box seats. Gates open at 5 p.m.
This is the fourth consecutive season the Mountaineers have played at the park in Charleston. Last year, Morehead State defeated WVU, 6-5, in a come-from-behind win.