MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team will begin a five-game week by traveling to Ohio State on Tuesday for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. The Mountaineers then return home to Hawley Field for a game against Youngstown State on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
WVU (17-15, 4-5 Big 12) is coming off a weekend in which it went 1-2 at Baylor, winning the series opener on Friday, 9-8. Junior third baseman paced the offense, batting .545 (6-for-11) with two runs, while junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
went 5-for-11 (.455) with three runs, one homer and three RBIs.
Senior right-hander Dan Dierdorff
(1-3, 5.23 ERA) will get the start at Ohio State. In his last start against Marshall, Dierdorff earned a no-decision, allowing no runs on one hit in 3.1 innings. He also struck out two and walked one.
Freshman right-hander Brock Dykxhoorn
(1-0, 1.04 ERA) is getting his second career start after defeating New Orleans on March 28. In that game, Dykxhoorn gave up one run on three hits in six innings with two strikeouts.
Ohio State (19-10, 5-4 Big Ten) dropped two of three games over the weekend at Minnesota in conference play. The Buckeyes are led by senior infielder Kirby Pellant, who is batting .362 with two doubles, three triples, one homer and seven RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Patrick Porter, freshman infielder Jacob Bosiokovic and senior first baseman Brad Hallberg are tied for the team lead with 18 RBIs apiece. Bosiokovic has a team-leading three home runs.
WVU will be facing righty Brett McKinney (2-3, 3.91), who will be making his third start of the season for the Buckeyes. The two-way player last started against Youngstown State on April 2, striking out three in two innings.
The Mountaineers will be meeting Youngstown State (9-21, 5-4 Horizon) for the third time this season after splitting games in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Penguins, who will host Pitt before traveling to Morgantown, took two-of-three from league foe Milwaukee last weekend. They are led by junior infielder Drew Dosch, who is batting .314 with nine doubles, three triples, two homers and 16 RBIs. Junior first baseman Marcus Heath leads the team with four home runs and 24 RBIs.
The Penguins will start right-hander Russ Harless (0-0, 8.78 ERA), who is making his second start of the season. Harless has struck out four in 13.1 innings this season.
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