MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team is set to meet Texas this weekend in a three-game conference series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas.
Friday’s opener will begin at 8 p.m., Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will be at 1 p.m. All times are Eastern.
All three games will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network, while the games can be heard on the affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network with the Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.
The Mountaineers (21-17, 4-5 Big 12) are 4-1 in their last five games and currently sit in sixth place in the Big 12 standings. Most recently, WVU defeated Morehead State, 13-5, on Tuesday evening in Charleston. Junior left fielder Jacob Rice
led WVU offensively with two hits and three runs, while junior designated hitter Matt Frazer
and sophomore third baseman Justin Fox
each had one hit, two runs and two RBIs.
“It’s going to be tough from here on out with Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas coming up. There probably the four best teams in the league that we’re getting ready to play,” coach Randy Mazey says. “Everybody is going to have to be on top of their game. It’s going to be a great opportunity for our guys to go down there and play on one of the biggest stages in the country.”
Sophomore left-hander Harrison Musgrave
(5-1, 3.15 ERA) will start game one on the mound Friday for the Mountaineers, followed by senior right-hander Dan Dierdorff
(2-4, 3.60 ERA) on Saturday and sophomore left-hander John Means
(3-2, 3.15 ERA) on Sunday. Musgrave is No. 5 in Big 12 in wins (5) and No. 8 in opponent batting average (.225).
Texas coach Augie Garrido will counter on the mound with sophomore right-hander Parker French (3-2, 2.77 ERA) on Friday, sophomore left-hander Dillon Peters on Saturday and junior right-hander Nathan Thornhill on Sunday. The Longhorns have the No. 1 team ERA (2.66) in the Big 12.
WVU is third in the Big 12 with a .290 team batting average, and the Mountaineers are No. 1 in home runs with 23. Texas is seventh in batting average (.266) and seventh in home runs with 10.
The Mountaineers are led at the plate by junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland
, who is hitting .385 with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 22 RBIs. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd
is hitting .345 with seven doubles, one triple, 16 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Junior first baseman Ryan McBroom
leads the Mountaineers with eight homers and 30 RBIs.
Texas junior outfielder Mark Payton is hitting .397 with 10 doubles, four triples and 21 RBIs, while junior infielder Erich Weiss is batting .323 with four doubles, three triples and 19 RBIs.
This will be the first time the schools have met each other in baseball.