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Baseball: WVU Begins Road Trip

By Grant Dovey for
April 10, 2012 04:31 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team will begin a five-game road trip, facing non-conference opponent Maryland at 6 p.m. Wednesday in College Park, Md.

“Maryland has a good ball club this year,” coach Greg Van Zant says. “It’s going to be a big challenge for us tomorrow night and we’re looking forward to it. We like to play teams out of the ACC any chance we get and it might be the best team they’ve had in a long time.”

WVU (14-19, 3-6 BIG EAST) won two of three games last weekend against Villanova, moving into a tie for eighth place with Villanova and Georgetown in the BIG EAST standings. By taking the season series, WVU owns the tiebreaker against the Wildcats.

Van Zant is unsure of who will start on Wednesday for WVU, while Maryland coach Erik Bakich will counter with senior right-hander Sander Beck (4-1, 2.53 ERA).

WVU sophomore left fielder Matt Frazer was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday by the league office. Frazer batted .455 (5-for-11) in three games last with two runs, one double, two home runs and five RBIs. His second home run of the series was a first-pitch walk off blast in the 10th inning of Saturday’s rubber match.

Junior right fielder Brady Wilson hit .429 (6-for-14) in the series with five runs, one double and one RBI. Sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom also had an excellent weekend, batting .364 (4-for-11) with six runs, one double, one home run and seven RBIs.

Sophomore right-handed reliever Josh Harlow pitched a total of five innings in the series, winning Saturday’s finale by pitching four perfect innings of relief. Harlow did not allow a hit and struck out four.

Maryland (21-13, 5-10 ACC) has been in and out of the national rankings throughout the season, and most recently hosted NC State, taking two of three for the series win.

The Terps are led at the plate by sophomore infielder KJ Hockaday, who is batting .333 with 21 runs, five doubles, two triples, one home run and 16 RBIs. Junior outfielder Jordan Hagel is hitting .323 with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers and 15 RBIs.

Maryland leads the all-time series that began in 1899, 33-18-1. Last season in Morgantown, WVU fell 10-6.

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