MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., this weekend for a pair of games against Youngstown State and Wake Forest.
The Mountaineers (1-2) will meet Youngstown State (1-3) on Friday at noon and Saturday at noon, while facing Wake Forest (3-2) on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
West Virginia opened the 2013 season at North Florida last weekend, falling in the first two games of the series before winning 4-3 in game three.
“I thought we really competed at the plate,” coach Randy Mazey says. “We did strike out a lot, but we’ve adjusted that since we’ve been back. I like the way we got after it. The guys played together real well and got better each day.”
WVU second baseman Billy Fleming
leads the Mountaineers with a .556 (5-for-9) batting average and a .600 on-base percentage. Right fielder Brady Wilson
is batting .444 (4-for-9) with one triple and three RBIs, while center fielder Bobby Boyd
is hitting .357 with one double and two stolen bases.
The Mountaineers are batting .302 as a team, and the pitching staff boasts a 3.51 ERA, including a 2.53 ERA out of the bullpen.
Right-hander Corey Walter
(0-1) will start for the Mountaineers on Friday against Youngstown State. He allowed one earned run in 4.2 innings last Friday in the season opener. Walter will be opposed by lefty Blake Aquadro (0-1), who allowed three runs on four hits in 3.0 innings of work last Friday.
Left-hander John Means
(0-0) will get his first career start for WVU on Saturday against the Penguins, facing off against right-hander Patrick O’Brien (1-0). O’Brien earned the lone win against Samford, firing 6.0 innings of two-hit ball, allowing one run with four strikeouts.
“They have a new coach (Steve Gillispie), and any time you have a new coach the entire program gets new energy,” Mazey says. “They won a game this past weekend against a decent team, and they’re going to be gunning for us.”
Youngstown State took one of four last weekend at Samford and is led at the plate by Drew Dosch, who is batting .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles, one home run and two RBIs.
Left-hander Harrison Musgrave
(0-0) and righty Dan Dierdorff
(1-0) will get the starts against Wake Forest on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. In his first start coming off Tommy John surgery, Musgrave earned a no-decision, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings. Dierdorff earned WVU’s first win of the season last Sunday, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings of work.
Wake Forest will counter with a duo of right-handers in Jack Fischer and Matt Pirro on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Fischer (0-1) took the loss at Louisiana-Monroe last weekend, surrendering eight runs on six hits in 4.0 innings. Pirro (1-0) allowed two runs with four strikeouts in a five-inning winning performance last weekend.
“They had a really good RPI last year, but they didn’t make an NCAA Regional,” Mazey says. “I was really surprised by that; I thought they were a regional team. Their head coach (Tom Walter) is a real good friend of mine from the same hometown, so it will be a nice, friendly rivalry.”
The Demon Deacons are led at the plate by Conor Keniry, who is hitting .316 (6-for-19) with one double, one triple and one RBI.
Live stats will be available via WVUsports.com, while there also will be a live video stream of the games against Wake Forest.