Baseball Hosts New Orleans in Morgantown

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • March 27, 2013 03:35 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University baseball team will begin a five-game homestand with a four-game series against New Orleans beginning Thursday at Hawley Field.

The games on Thursday and Friday begin at 3 p.m., while Saturday’s game begins at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is set for 1 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth under 18 and senior citizens and $2 per person for groups of 10 or more. There will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny on Saturday and Sunday.

Coach Randy Mazey will send freshman right-hander Brock Dykxhoorn (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound on Thursday, his first career start. Dykxhoorn has seen relief action in two games, allowing no runs in 2.1 innings.

WVU (11-13) sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave (3-1, 4.21 ERA) will start Friday's game, junior right-hander Corey Walter (1-2, 5.11 ERA) will start Saturday and sophomore left-hander John Means (3-1, 1.65 ERA) will get the start in Sunday’s finale.

Musgrave, Walter and Means combined for a 2-0 record with 1.64 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 22.0 innings last weekend against Texas Tech. Musgrave was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, striking out 13 batters last Friday.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 16-9 victory over Eastern Kentucky last Tuesday. The team was led offensively by senior catcher Alan Filauro and junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland, who each batted 4-for-6.

Junior left fielder Jacob Rice continues to lead WVU at the plate with a .379 batting average, seven doubles, one homer and 11 RBIs. Junior designated hitter Matt Frazer hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season at EKU, and is batting .294 with 21 RBIs.

New Orleans (4-22) coach Bruce Peddie will send right-hander Seth Laigast (0-0, 19.44 ERA) on Thursday before right-hander Alex Smith (0-5, 3.80 ERA) goes on Friday. Left-hander Stone Speer (1-5, 5.59 ERA) throws Saturday and right-hander Blake Prest (1-5, 8.16 ERA) on Sunday.

Jonathan Coco leads the Privateers at the plate, batting at a .343 clip with two doubles, one homer and seven RBIs. Zacary Hawkins leads the team in doubles (6) and RBIs (14), while Chaz Boyer is the team leader in homers (2) and stolen bases (11).

Live stats and game recaps will be available at WVUsports.com.