VSR: Frazer Named Athlete of the Week


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
April 09, 2012 12:59 PM
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Sophomore left fielder Matt Frazer has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week following his performance in a series win against Villanova last weekend.

A native of Alum Creek, W.Va., Frazer batted 5-for-11 (.455) with two runs, one double, two home runs and five RBIs.

Most importantly, Frazer hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat Villanova 6-5 in 10 innings on Saturday.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Spring 2012

Week 1: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 2: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 3: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball
Week 4: Alaska Richardson, Gymnastics
Week 5: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 6: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 7: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 8: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 9: Matt Ryan, Wrestling
Week 10: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 11: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 12: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 13: Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Track & Field
Week 14: Matt Frazer, Baseball

This Week in WVU Baseball
The Mountaineers will hit the road this week, first traveling to Maryland on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. … WVU will then travel to Rutgers for a BIG EAST series from April 13-15 … Friday’s game will begin at 3 p.m., and Saturday’s and Sunday’s games begin at 1 p.m.

Last Week in WVU Baseball
WVU won two of three against Villanova at Hawley Field … WVU won 7-6 on Thursday, before falling 26-11 on Friday evening … the Mountaineers then took its first extra-inning game of the season on Saturday, beating the Wildcats 6-5 in 10 innings.

Notes and Quotes
Left fielder Matt Frazer led WVU throughout the weekend up until the final at-bat, when he hit a first-pitch walk-off home run to beat Villanova on Saturday … Frazer finished the weekend 5-for-11 with two runs, one double, two homers and five RBIs … first baseman Ryan McBroom led WVU with seven RBIs over the weekend, batting 4-for-11 with six runs, one double and one home run … reliever Josh Harlow had a top pitching performance, earning the win on Saturday … Harlow pitched five innings and did not allow a hit, while striking out four throughout the weekend.

This Week in Track & Field
West Virginia will compete at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio, from April 13-14.

Last Week in Track & Field
Four Mountaineers traveled to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., to compete for conference and regional qualifying times … junior Jordan Hamric had a good showing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by placing 15th in section three of the event in 10:47.05 to qualify for BIG EAST competition in early May … junior Stephanie Aldea placed 11th in section six of the 1,500-meter run in 4:39.81, just one second past a league-qualifying time and six seconds off a personal record time … senior Jessica O’Connell had the best performance on the day for the team as she placed second in section two of the 1,500 meter in 4:20.91 to qualify for BIG EAST … she was just a half-second off from placing first in her section … in the last race of the night, senior Stephanie Caruso placed 30th in section two of the 10,000-meter run in 35:05.60.

Notes and Quotes
Hamric’s time of 10:47.05 was a career-best for the event and replaces her WVU all-time fourth-best mark of 10:55.08 set last season … O’Connell earned her second-best personal mark in the event as her time was just two seconds beyond her career-best time of 4:18.31, which is fourth-best all-time for WVU in the 1,500 meter … the 10,000-meter run was a first for Caruso, which she earned a BIG EAST-qualifying time below the 37:03.74 league requirement … a total of 16 athletes have qualified for 20 events at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in Tampa, Fla., in early May … Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Kate Harrison and Meghan Mock are returning All-Americans from the 2011 outdoor season … the Mountaineers look to achieve a Top-20 national finish for a fifth consecutive year in outdoor track.

This week in Women’s Tennis
WVU will travel to New Jersey for its final two matches of the regular season … Saturday’s match will be at noon against Seton Hall, while Sunday’s finale is at noon against Rutgers.

Last week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers played their final home match of the season against California (Pa.) … The Vulcans, who were ranked No. 8 in Division II, were victorious, 5-2.

Notes and Quotes
Senior Catie Wickline notched her first career dual meet win on Saturday afternoon, as she defeated Franziska Steinhardt in the No. 5 singles spot … freshman Ikttesh Chahal also was able to win her singles match, which was second consecutive singles win and seventh overall of the season … senior Veronica Cardenas and junior Emily Mathis were able to win their doubles match on Saturday … the doubles win was fourth this season for the duo that was formed midway through the season … Cardenas leads the team in singles wins with nine this season.

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers travel to Cherry Hill, N.J. this weekend to compete at the Knecht Cup Regatta. Racing takes place on the Cooper River on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.

Last Week in Rowing
West Virginia was idle last week.

Notes and Quotes
The Knecht Cup Regatta will feature competition from over 60 colleges and universities … the Mountaineers will be making their tenth appearance at the Knecht Cup this weekend … last year, West Virginia placed two crews in the Grand Finals, with the novice four earning first place out of 41 total crews and BIG EAST Boat of the Week Honors for their performance, while the varsity eight finished fifth out of 28 total crews … last year, the second varsity eight earned a spot in the Petite Finals where it finished fourth.

This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers have completed their 2012 campaign.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (21-5, 12-1 EAGL) scored 195.9 and finished in fifth place at the 2012 Auburn NCAA Regional Championships … WVU finished fourth on each event and scored 49.2 on vault, 48.925 on bars, 48.825 on beam and 48.95 on floor … sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer scored 39.325 and finished tied for sixth in the all-around … she missed qualifying for the national championships by 0.025 … Sloanhoffer also finished tied for third place on beam with a 9.85 … her mark was the meet’s top score until the last two gymnasts of the night scored 9.875 and 9.925, respectively … she also led the team on floor with a 9.825 … junior Kaylyn Millick eared a career-best 39.225 and finished 10th … she paced the team on bars with a fifth place, 9.85 score … the mark was the second-best of the meet … she also scored a career-high 9.825 on vault … classmate Alaska Richardson paced the team on vault with an eighth place, season-high 9.875 score.

Notes and Quotes
WVU’s team score was its second-best of the season and the 27th-best in program history … additionally, the mark was the team’s top regional championships score in program history, besting the previous high of 105.475, set in 2000 … No. 6-ranked Georgia (197.1) won the meet, while No. 7 Oregon State finished second (196.45) … the Bulldogs and the Beavers advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championships … sophomore Erica Smith, the first gymnast of the night on beam, scored a career-best 9.75 … WVU’s vault score tied their second-best mark of the year … the Mountaineers earned three career bests and one season high on vault … in addition to Millick and Richardson’s marks, junior Chelsea Goldschrafe and freshman Dayah Haley scored career-high 9.85 and 9.8 scores, respectively … Smith tied for 11th on bars with a 9.825.



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