Baseball Opens 2013 Home Campaign


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
March 04, 2013 03:17 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The WVU baseball squad will open the home portion of the 2013 season with a game against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, March 5. First pitch at Hawley Field is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Live stats will be available through WVUsports.com. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and youths 18 and under and WVU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Fans can also pick up a free baseball schedule poster featuring pitchers Corey Walter and Ryan Tezak, first baseman Ryan McBroom, outfielders Bobby Boyd and Brady Wilson and first-year head coach Randy Mazey.

The Mountaineers (4-6) are coming off a weekend at Myrtle Beach, S.C., in which they went 1-2, highlighted by a 4-0 victory over UMBC. Junior left fielder Jacob Rice continues to lead WVU at the plate, batting .474 (18-for-38) with five runs, two doubles and eight RBIs. Boyd is off to a hot start and is hitting .390 (16-for-41) with a team-leading nine runs and nine stolen bases.

WVU is batting .304 as a team with 17 doubles, one triple, two homers, 46 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. The pitching staff carries a 4.78 ERA and has struck out 48 batters.

Eastern Kentucky is led at the plate by Sean Hagen, who is hitting .474 (9-for-19) on the year with one double and five RBIs. Matt Phipps is batting .333 with one double, while Bryan Soloman is hitting .323 with two doubles and a team-leading seven RBIs.

The Colonels are batting .293 as a team with nine doubles, one homer, 33 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

WVU holds a 7-3 edge over Eastern Kentucky in the all-time series record that began in 1983. The Mountaineers swept a doubleheader in Morgantown in 2011.



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