Frazer Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Abby Norman
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  • March 18, 2013 01:33 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After leading the Mountaineers to a 2-2 record last week, including wins over Pitt and Kansas State in WVU’s first-ever Big 12 game, WVU baseball player Matt Frazer has been named Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week.

Frazer batted .444 (8-for-18) with six runs, one double, one triple, three home runs and eight RBIs. He recorded a hit in all four games, including going 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs against Pitt. In game one against Kansas State, Frazer hit a three-run home run and scored two runs in a 13-2 run-rule win over K-State.

Frazer’s triple this past weekend was the first of his career, while he also stole the first base of his career on Friday.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Week 1: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball
Week 2: Haily VandePoel, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Week 3: Hailey Barrett, Women’s Tennis
Week 4: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball/Sydney Cummings, Women’s Track and Field
Week 5: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 6: Kaylyn Millick, Gymnastics
Week 7: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 8: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Week 9: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 10: Matt Frazer, Baseball

Women’s Basketball
-This Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers are 17-13 overall and await their postseason fate in search of an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament … the NCAA Selection Show is on tonight at 7 p.m., on ESPN.

-Last Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU was idle.

-Notes & Quotes
Four Mountaineers earned all-Big 12 honors … junior Christal Caldwell was one of 10 players named to the All-Big 12 First Team … senior Ayana Dunning earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors … junior Jess Harlee was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team … Bria Holmes earned a spot on the All-Big 12 Freshman team … the Mountaineers closed out regular-season Big 12 play with a 9-9 record, which was good for sixth place.

Track and Field
-This Week in Track and Field
The West Virginia University track and field team continues its outdoor season by traveling to the Bill Van Horne Invitational in Wheeling, W.Va., on March 22-23.

-Last Week in Track and Field
The Mountaineers opened their outdoor season with the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C., on March 15-16 … WVU posted four personal-best marks and five top-5 finishes.

-Notes & Quotes
In the first event at the Wake Forest Open, Heather Adams recorded a personal-best hammer throw of 53.93 meters for a fourth place finish … the mark was just above her previous personal best and still sits at No. 2 on the WVU all-time list for hammer throw in program history … Adams also placed third in the discus, with a mark of 43.00 meters … Sydney Cummings finished tied for second in the high jump, with a personal-best leap of 1.78 meters and is now tied for third for high jump in WVU program history … after sitting out indoor season, Katlyn Shelar made her debut in the pole vault by tying for second with a mark of 3.80 meters.

-This Week in Wrestling
Junior Nathan Pennesi will compete in the NCAA Championships begin held in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 21-23.

-Last Week in Wrestling
WVU was idle.

-Notes & Quotes
This is the third consecutive season that Pennesi has competed in the NCAA Championships … Pennesi has been out of action with a broken left third metacarpal since Feb. 13 … the Latrobe, Pa., native leads the Mountaineers with 21 victories this season and will square off against Luke Vaith of Hofstra in the first round.

Swimming and Diving
-This Week in Swimming & Diving
Seniors Rachael Burnett and Mandie Nugent will represent the women’s team at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., from March 21-23 at the IUPUI Natatorium.

-Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Six divers participated in the NCAA Zone “A” Diving Championships last weekend in Blacksburg, Va. … sophomore Haily VandePoel led WVU with a seventh-place finish on the 3-meter board, while junior Liam McLaughlin finished 16th on the 3-meter board.

-Notes & Quotes
Burnett is seeded 10th in the 500 free (4:38.40), 12th in the 1650 free (16:04.26) and 20th in the 200 free (1:45.22) … Nugent is seeded 13th in the 200 fly (1:55.82), 30th in the 100 fly (52.67) and 33rd in the 500 free (4:42.38) … Burnett earned Honorable Mention All-America individual honors in the 1650 free in 2012, while Nugent earned the honor in the 200 fly.

-This Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers have concluded the 2012-13 season as the nation’s No. 1 team.

-Last Week in Rifle
WVU was idle.

-Notes & Quotes
WVU won its nation-best 15th national title, and first since 2009, with a 4679 score at the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships, at Ohio State’s Converse Hall and French Field House, in Columbus, Ohio, on March 8-9 … the rifle team is the only squad in WVU history to ever win an NCAA Championship … the title is the second career for Hammond, the CRCA Coach of the Year … the Mountaineers’ winning aggregate total was the second-best in championship history … Zublasing, the CRCA Shooter of the Match, is the first NCAA shooter to win both titles at one championships since Alaska-Fairbanks’ Matthew Emmons took the victories in 2001 … she is WVU’s first three-time NCAA champion since Greg Jones (wrestling) won a title in 2002, 2004 and 2005 … Zublasing is the fourth Mountaineer to win two career air titles, and the first to win a smallbore and air rifle title each … a WVU shooter has now won the NCAA air rifle title each season since 2011 … she is the first Mountaineer to win the smallbore title since Marco Scrivner won in 1997 … in total, 16 WVU shooters have won a combined 22 NCAA titles … following the championships, WVU earned 12 National Rifle Association All-America honors.

-This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU (4-9, 0-2 Big 12) travels to Lubbock, Texas on Friday, March 22, to take on No. 21 Texas Tech at 7 p.m. and Austin, Texas on Sunday, March 24, to square off against No. 39 Texas at 1 p.m.

-Last Week in Women’s Tennis
On Friday, the Mountaineers nearly defeated No. 27 TCU, as they fell 4-3 … on Sunday, WVU lost to No. 36 Baylor, 6-1.

-Notes & Quotes
Vivian Tsui earned two singles victories during the course of the weekend, which has her tied for the team lead with Ikttesh Chahal, Hailey Barrett and Emily Mathis … Tsui has now won three consecutive matches … Mathis has a team-high 14 combined victories this season … Mathis’ doubles partner, Audrey Wooland, is tied for the team lead in doubles with her, at eight … in Friday’s match against the Horned Frogs, Wooland defeated No. 65 Stefanie Tan, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

-This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 21-ranked Mountaineers travel to Ames, Iowa, for their first-ever Big 12 Championships this Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m. EST, at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum … WVU will open on floor, then rotate to vault, bars and beam.

-Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU (13-7, 1-1 Big 12) concluded its regular season with a 196.05 showing on March 15, at the WVU Coliseum, and wins over Maryland (194.8) and Rutgers (194.175) … the Mountaineers scored 49.0 or better on three of the four events and swept the team wins, scoring 49.225 on floor, 49.175 on vault, 49.025 on beam and 48.625 on bars … junior Hope Sloanhoffer earned her second all-around win of the season with a 39.25 score, while senior Kaylyn Millick finished second with a 39.175 mark … senior Alaska Richardson and freshman Jaida Lawrence tied for the vault wins with 9.9s … Richardson also scored 9.9 on floor and tied for first … Sloanhoffer tied for first on beam with a 9.875, a season best mark, while junior Erica Smith scored a team-best 9.775 on bars and finished third.

-Notes & Quotes
With Friday’s score, the Mountaineers became the first WVU gymnastics team to score 196.0 or better in each of its home meets … moving into the postseason, the Mountaineers need only one more 196.0+ mark to match the program record of six in one season … the win over UMD avenged WVU’s 196.175-195.775 loss in College Park, Md., on Feb. 17 … Lawrence has hit her career high on vault four times this year … senior Chelsea Goldschrafe scored 9.775 on vault, her best mark since earning 9.8 in the season opener on Jan. 11 … junior Amanda Carpenter competed her first career bars routine and scored 9.7 … three gymnasts tallied 9.8 on beam: Millick, Smith and sophomore Lia Salzano … Sloanhoffer tied for third on floor with a 9.875, while Millick tallied 9.85 and junior Makenzie Bristol scored 9.825 … Friday’s meet was the final regular-season home competition for Goldschrafe, Millick and Richardson … WVU improved to 36-15-1 over UMD and 55-0 over RU … WVU opened its Big 12 season with a 197.375-196.05 loss to then-No. 2 Oklahoma on Feb. 1 at the Coliseum … the Mountaineers returned the next week and defeated Iowa State, 196.15-194.825, on Feb. 10 … Oklahoma is the reigning conference champion.

-This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team will have four games at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. … on Tuesday, WVU will renew an old rivalry when it faces Marshall at 6 p.m. … the Mountaineers will then open up the home Big 12 season against Texas Tech from March 22-24 … Friday’s game is at 6:30 p.m., Saturday’s game is at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s game is at 1 p.m.

-Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 2-2 last week, defeating Pitt, 8-7, on Tuesday afternoon, while winning one of three at Kansas State in the Big 12 series opener.

-Notes & Quotes
West Virginia batted .345 as a team last week, led by first baseman Ryan McBroom, who went 8-for-15 (.533) with three runs, two doubles, two homers and eight RBIs … designated hitter Matt Frazer batted 8-for-18 (.444) with six runs, one double, one triple, three homers and eight RBIs … Frazer had two home runs at Pitt, while knocking a three-run shot in the first game at Kansas State … the pitching staff finished with a 4.78 ERA over the four-game span … lefty Harrison Musgrave earned a win at Kansas State, allowing two runs on two hits in 6.1 innings pitched … Musgrave struck out six and walked three.

-This Week in Women’s Rowing
The WVU rowing team is idle this week, as it starts its spring break training trip.

-Last Week in Women’s Rowing
The Mountaineers opened their spring season at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on the Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge Tenn.

-Notes & Quotes
Five crews (two 8+ crews and three 4+ crews) raced in day one for WVU against Louisville and Virginia … each of the five crews placed in third in their heat during Saturday’s portion of racing … on Sunday, the Mountaineers competed against Georgetown and Buffalo … the 8+ ‘C’ crew of Kaitlyn Eason, Danika Rencken, Kimberlie May, Kendra Welker, Mary Cook, Angelica Fell, Addie Dulaney, Allyson Pytlak and coxswain Sarah Dodd turned in a first-place finish, with a time of 8:02.10 in their heat …the 8+ ‘B’ crew of Rachel Cokeley, Lisa Deklau, Mary Ignatiadis, Elizabeth Kantak, Elizabeth Duarte, Tamyra Roberts, Melinda Sharon, Bethany Anne Sapen and coxswain Morgan Leach secured a second-place finish in their heat with a time of 7:17.56 … the varsity 4+ crew of Allison Coates, Enya Messersmith, Caroline Mullins, Susannah Hartlove and coxswain Alexandra Basil wrapped up competition for WVU with a time of 8:22.84, good enough for second place.