Dierdorff Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Abby Norman
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  • April 15, 2013 12:36 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University baseball student-athlete Dan Dierdorff has been named the Varsity Sports Report Athlete of the Week for his performance in two starts last week at Ohio State and Liberty.

The junior right-hander went 1-1, allowing no earned runs on 10 hits with 10 strikeouts in 14.0 total innings.

Against Liberty on Sunday, Dierdorff pitched a complete game, allowing one run, all unearned, on five hits with five strikeouts to give WVU a 2-1 victory and the series win.

Despite the Mountaineers falling 9-0 to Ohio State last Tuesday, Dierdorff allowed three runs, all unearned, on five hits in 5.0 innings with five strikeouts.

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
Week 11: Mandie Nugent, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Week 12: Jordan Hamric, Women’s Track and Field
Week 13: Katlyn Shelar, Women’s Track and Field
Week 14: Dan Dierdorff, Baseball

-This Week in Baseball
The WVU baseball team will play four games this week beginning with a non-conference game against Morehead State at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston on Tuesday … the Mountaineers will then resume Big 12 play this week at Texas, with all three games being televised on the Longhorn Network.

-Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 3-2 last week, falling to Ohio State on Tuesday, defeating Youngstown State on Wednesday and taking two of three at Liberty over the weekend.

-Notes & Quotes
Sophomore shortstop Taylor Munden embraced his role in the leadoff position last week, batting 8-for-16 (.500) with six runs, two doubles, one triple, one homer and four RBIs, while junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland went 8-for-16 with two runs, one double and four RBIs … the pitching staff was brilliant last week, finishing with a 2.30 ERA, allowing just 11 earned runs in 43.0 innings of work … junior righty Dan Dierdorff went 1-1 in two starts, allowing no earned runs on 10 hits in 14.0 innings with 10 strikeouts.

Track and Field
-This Week in Track and Field
The West Virginia University track and field team travels to the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton in Princeton, N.J., on April 19-20 at Weaver Stadium, with events beginning at noon.

-Last Week in Track and Field
The Mountaineers were paced by three first-place finishes and three personal-best marks at the Patriot Open Invitational in Fairfax, Va., this past weekend.

-Notes & Quotes
After breaking the school record last weekend, Katlyn Shelar recorded her second first-place finish in a row in the pole vault with a mark of 3.82 meters … Heather Adams won the hammer throw for the third meet in a row with a mark of 53.44 meters … Stormy Nesbit was the final winner as she took the long jump title with a leap of 5.86 meters … WVU also had three Mountaineers finish with personal-best marks, with Karissa Knabenshue leading the way in the shot put with a mark of 13.16 meters for a sixth-place finish … Knabenshue’s mark is now second all-time in program history in shot put … Kiley Defibaugh also posted a personal-best mark by placing fifth in the pole vault after clearing 3.60 meters … Alanna Pritts placed 15th in the hammer throw with a personal-best mark of 40.97 meters … Sarah Martinelli and Jordan Hamric led the distance team with top 20 finishes in the 1,500-meter run … Martinelli placed 10th with a time of 4:28.45, while Hamric came in 16th place with a time of 4:35.44.

-This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU (4-14, 0-7 Big 12) closes out its regular season, as it travels to Lawrence, Kan., on Friday, to take on Kansas (9-8, 1-6 Big 12) at 2 p.m., and Manhattan, Kan., on Sunday, to take on No. 50 Kansas State (7-10, 1-6 Big 12) at noon.

-Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers were defeated by Iowa State, 5-2.

-Notes & Quotes
Hailey Barrett and Emily Mathis each earned their team-leading seventh singles win of the season, as they won at No. 2 singles and No. 4 singles, respectively … Barrett was a 6-1, 6-4 victor over Ksenia Pronina, while Mathis defeated Jenna Langhorst, 6-4, 7-5 … Barrett and Mathis share the team lead with seven singles victories … Mathis also holds the team lead in combined victories (16) and shares the doubles victory lead (9) with doubles partner Audrey Wooland.

-This Week in Women’s Rowing
The West Virginia University rowing team is idle this week.

-Last Week in Women’s Rowing
The Mountaineers competed at the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J., on April 13-14, and had two crews advance to the finals of their events.

-Notes & Quotes
This is the fifth year in a row that WVU has advanced crews to the final round of racing at the Knecht Cup … on day one of racing, the first varsity 8+ crew secured a place in the Grand Final by placing second in their semi-final with a time of 6:40.30 … additionally, the second varsity 8+ crew advanced to the Petite Finals after placing third in their semi-final … the crew finished the race in 7:04.39 … the second novice 4+ crew was the first of the Mountaineers to qualify for a semi-final of the day … the crew finished fifth in their semi-final heat behind George Mason ‘A’, Pittsburgh, Robert Morris , George Mason ‘B’ and ahead of Lafayette … the first and second varsity 4+ crews did not advance to the semi-finals after round one of racing … the first varsity 4+ crew crossed the finish line in sixth place of heat five with a time of 8:34.35 … the second varsity 4+ crew finished sixth place in heat one with a time of 8:34.37 … the novice 8+ crew placed fourth with a time of 7:59.41 in heat 5 of their event … on day two of racing, the first varsity 8+ crew of Rachelle Purych, Lisa Deklau, Kelly Kramer, Danielle Widecratz, Elizabeth Kantak, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher, set the stage for the Mountaineers finishing in fifth place out of 34 crews with a time of 6:49.14 against Bucknell, Holy Cross, Barry, Northeastern and Bucknell (LWT) … the second varsity 8+ crew of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Mollie Rosen, Allison Coates, Hilary Meale, Mary Ignatiadis, Jeannine McCarty, Elizabeth Duarte and coxswain Ellen Shular ended the day by placing fourth in the Petite Final with a time of 7:12.88 … they ended the day 10th out of 30 crews.