MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Riding a seven game winning streak, the WVU baseball team will travel to Baylor this weekend for a three-game Big 12 series at Baylor Ballpark.
Game one of the series begins at 7:35 p.m. Friday, game two starts at 4:05 p.m. Saturday and first pitch for game three is 2:05 p.m. Sunday. All times are Eastern.
“It’s a great atmosphere, it’s a great stadium and it’s an unbelievable playing surface. Our guys are going to walk on that field and think they’re in the big leagues because of the atmosphere,” coach Randy Mazey says. “That’s why we’re going to practice early, to get all of that out of our system. When the game starts on Friday and the first pitch is thrown their mound is 60 feet and six inches from home plate just like ours.”
The games can be heard on the affiliates of the Mountaineers Sports Network (WAJR 1440 AM in Morgantown). Links to live video, audio and stats of the games can be accessed at WVUsports.com
WVU has won eight of its past nine games and seven in a row, including a 10-2 victory over Marshall on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers are currently 16-13 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 play.
The rotation will stay the same this weekend with sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave
(4-1, 3.70 ERA) taking the hill on Friday, followed by junior right-hander Corey Walter
(2-2, 4.01 ERA) on Saturday and sophomore left-hander John Means
(3-1, 1.86 ERA) on Sunday.
Baylor, led by coach Steve Smith, will counter with junior right-hander Dillon Newman (3-2, 2.42 ERA) on Friday and senior right-hander Max Garner (1-3, 4.15 ERA) on Saturday. Sunday’s starter is to be determined.
Musgrave improved to 4-1 this season with a win over New Orleans on Friday. He worked 5.0 innings and did not allow a run on three hits with two strikeouts. In the conference only rankings, Musgrave is tied for No. 1 in wins (2), No. 3 in strikeouts (19), No. 4 in opponent batting average (.105), No. 9 in innings pitched (13.0) and No. 10 in ERA (1.38),
Walter registered WVU’s first complete game of the season last Saturday, allowing one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in the 9.0 inning effort.
WVU senior catcher Alan Filauro
is hitting a remarkable .611 (11-for-18) in his last five games with six runs, three homers and 11 RBIs. Last Tuesday against Marshall he went 3-for-3 with two home runs, four runs and four RBIs.
Junior left fielder Jacob Rice
continues to lead the team overall with a .377 batting average. Rice also has 11 doubles, one homer and six RBIs. Junior designated hitter Matt Frazer
and junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
are tied for the team lead with six homers apiece, while senior right fielder Brady Wilson
has a team-leading 13 stolen bases.
WVU is batting .301 as a team with 20 home runs and 43 steals in 67 attempts.
Baylor is led at the plate by senior outfielder Nathan Orf, who is hitting .385 with five doubles, one homer and 14 RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Logan Brown is batting .306 with four doubles, one triple, one homer and 10 RBIs. Senior third baseman Cal Towey leads the team with nine doubles and 26 RBIs to go along with a .301 batting average.
Baylor, which defeated Dallas Baptist, 6-1, on Wednesday, is batting .260 as a team with eight home runs and 38 steals in 56 attempts.
This will be the first time in school history that the two teams have met in baseball.