Baseball Travels to Myrtle Beach


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
February 28, 2013 11:02 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team continues its 10-game season-opening road trip this weekend with the Caravelle Resort’s Baseball at the Beach tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Mountaineers will face Indiana on Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m., UMBC on Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. and Florida Atlantic on Sunday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. All three games will be played at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

West Virginia carries a 3-4 record into the weekend, coming off a 2-2 performance last weekend against Youngstown State and Wake Forest.

Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, outfielder Jacob Rice, leads the Mountaineers with a .458 batting average. Rice had three multi-hit games last weekend, including four hits in a win against Wake Forest. Outfielder Brady Wilson has a team high .696 slugging percentage with a .435 batting average. Wilson has one double, one triple, one homer and six RBIs. First baseman Ryan McBroom leads the team with four doubles, while outfielder Bobby Boyd is the Big 12 leader with six stolen bases.

Sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave (1-0) will start for the Mountaineers on Friday against Indiana. He was brilliant last Saturday against Wake Forest, pitching 8.0 innings with four strikeouts and no walks.

Musgrave will be opposed by Indiana left-hander Joey DeNato (0-1), who has a 3.00 ERA and six strikeouts in two starts. Indiana, the Big Ten preseason favorite, is led by infielder Sam Travis who has a .429 batting average, four doubles, one home run and five RBIs.

WVU left-hander John Means (1-0) will start Saturday's game against UMBC. Means made his first career start in a win last week against Youngstown State, striking out three in 5.0 innings.

UMBC will counter with right-hander Bobby Applegate, who will be making his first career start. This weekend will serve as opening weekend for UMBC, who is featuring 21 freshmen or sophomores on the squad.

Right-hander Dan Dierdorff (1-1) will start against Florida Atlantic. Dierdorff had a rough outing last week in a loss to Wake Forest and was unable to get out of the third inning.

FAU will counter with right-hander Jeremy Strawn. In two starts, Strawn is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 14.0 innings. Nathan Pittman leads the Owls with a .381 batting average, one double, one triple and three RBIs.

Live stats, as well as a recap of each game, will be available via WVUsports.com.



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