CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team will open the home Big 12 season by hosting Texas Tech in a three-game series at Appalachian Power Park, presented by C. Adam Toney Tires, in Charleston, W.Va. this weekend.
Game one of the series begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, game two begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday and first pitch for game three is slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday. All times listed are Eastern Time.
Last weekend, West Virginia picked up its first Big 12 Conference victory on Friday, a 13-2 win at Kansas State. K-State edged out two one-run wins later in the weekend to take the series. On Tuesday, the Mountaineers fell to Marshall, 8-0, at Appalachian Power Park.
Coach Randy Mazey will send sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave
(2-1, 5.16 ERA) to the mound on Friday, followed by junior right-hander Corey Walter
(1-2, 5.60 ERA) on Saturday and sophomore left-hander John Means
(2-1, 1.85 ERA) on Sunday.
Last Friday at K-State, Musgrave fired 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with six strikeouts and three walks for his second win of the season.
Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock will counter this weekend with three right-handers. Sophomore Dominic Moreno (2-1, 3.58 ERA) will start on Friday, junior Trey Masek (3-0, 0.22 ERA) will pitch on Saturday and freshman Matt Withrow (2-1, 5.73 ERA) will take the mound on Sunday.
Masek currently ranks first in the Big 12 in ERA (0.22), innings pitched (40.0), strikeouts (40) and opponent batting average (.158). Senior right-handed closer Jerad McCrummen leads the team with three saves.
WVU enters the series ranked fourth in the Big 12 with a .301 team batting average, and the Mountaineers are No. 9 in team ERA (4.22). Texas Tech is eighth in batting average (.256) and sixth in team ERA (3.34).
Sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd
leads the Mountaineers at the plate, batting .407 on the year with four doubles, six RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Junior left fielder Jacob Rice
is hitting .398 with six doubles, one homer and 11 RBIs, and junior designated hitter is batting .314 with five doubles, one triple, four homers and 19 RBIs.
Texas Tech is led at the plate by freshman catcher Jarrard Poteete, who is hitting .300 with six doubles, one homer and 11 RBIs. Junior catcher Mason Randolph is batting .296 with three doubles, one home run and 10 RBIs, and sophomore infielder Bryant Burleson is hitting .294 with three doubles and 13 RBIs.
The games will be video streamed on WVUsports.com, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network, with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.